Konnyaku Jelly: Japanese Konjac Jelly Dessert
As you may know, the healthy food made from konjac or devil’s tongue starch, Konnyaku is commonly eaten in Asian countries, including Japan, China, Korea, and Myanmar.
This Asian food is said to have originated in China and was transmitted to Japan around the 6th century.
Konnyaku is very low in calories as about 96 to 97% of the food consists of water.
However, it is packed with a soluble dietary fiber called glucomannan and can easily make you feel full thanks to the weight and its firm and chewy texture, for which reason Konnyaku is a popular diet food in Japan.
As a matter of fact, Konnyaku is used in many dishes in Japanese cuisine. For example, we sometimes eat thinly sliced Konnyaku as Sashimi by dipping in soy sauce, and often use the bite-size chunks as an ingredient in simmered dishes like “Oden (おでん)“.
Konnyaku Jelly (蒟蒻ゼリー)
In Japan, even desserts made with konjac or devil’s tongue starch exist, which include what I have now, Konnyaku Jelly. The product pictured above is a grape flavor of Konnyaku jelly from Orihiro.
Konnyaku jelly has been around in Japan for several decades. It is a fresh, jiggly jelly treat made with devil’s tongue powder, instead of gelatin, and typically contains fruit juice.
In fact, containing 18 percent grape juice, these small jelly sweets are quite fruity and thus easy to eat, because of which, Orihiro’s Konnyaku Fruit Jelly series, including this flavor, has now gained wide popularity in Japan.
Nonetheless, there is a cautionary note you should remember. Despite being jiggly and fresh, Konnyaku Jelly is also firm and chewy, and it is hard to collapse its shape.
Therefore, when eating, you should bite and chew the jelly well so as not to get it stuck in the throat. In addition, you shouldn’t eat the frozen jelly, because, in addition to being slippery, the frozen one is harder and more dangerous.
Ingredients and Calories
Lastly, for people who want to know the ingredients and calories of this Konnyaku jelly from Orihiro, here is the list.
According to that, with 13 kcal per piece (20 grams), the grape-flavored Konnyaku jelly mainly consists of sugar, fructose glucose liquid sugar, fruit juice (grape and apple), reduced starch syrup, and konjac powder.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia コンニャク )