@An old lady named Haru(75) showed us how to make homemade konnyaku. She still
makes homemade konnyaku every year, which is very rare these days. She sends the
konnyaku to her sisters and brothers who live far away, which gives her a chance to
communicate with them. Haru lives with her son's family. Her sisters and brothers usually
do not keep in touch with her, but they call her when they receive the konnyaku.
@Haru worked quickly with her bare hands. However, konnyaku is an abrasive plant, so working without gloves is usually painful. "I always do this work, so my hands have become strong", she said and showed me her hands. I could feel the history in her hands.
@Haru prepared boiled konnyaku seasoned with soy sauce, sugar and dashi-jiru. It was delicious! She usually does not measure the ingredients because of her experience. However, she taught us a recipe for beginners.
Ingredients for Homemade Konnyaku
@ Wash the konnayku-potato and cut off the eye and "kigo".
A Grate the konnyaku-potato into a pot of tepid water.
B Put Aon to the stove and boil it, stirring continually until it becomes sticky.
D Put Cinto a mold and let it set.@@@@@@@
E Pour hot water on D, cut it and shake it lightly to form it.
F Remove Efrom the mold and drop it into boiling water. Boil it for about 30-60 minute.
G When the pieces of konnyaku rise to the surface, take them out.