Shirataki in the Spotlight: Think Yam Cake


Shirataki is a type of konnyaku (gelatinous yam cake) that is in the form of thin noodles. They are similar to ito konnyaku in that they both look like konnyaku noodles but differs in that shirataki must be white, whereas ito konnyaku comes in a variety of colors. They are also prepared differently. Shirataki is passed through a tool similar to a tokoroten tsuki and dropped into hot water where it firms up into noodles. Ito konnyaku is prepared in a similar way except the konnyaku is already firm before passing it through the tool to make noodles.

One of the benefits of shirataki is that it has a mild flavor and can be eaten with just about anything. Shirataki is often eaten in sukiyaki and nabe (hot pot) dishes. It is also very low in calories. There are 0 calories in a 28 gram (1oz) serving of konnyaku.

Shirataki comes in bags filled with water.
Shirataki_in the bag

Drain the shirataki before using.
Shirataki_close up

Naomi Kuwabara
Naomi Kuwabara was born and raised in California but spent many summers in Japan growing up. She has spent time living in Hokkaido and Osaka, both meccas for Japanese cuisine. Her passion is cooking and sharing her experiences cooking Japanese food with others. Her blog Umamitopia is about her experiences cooking Japanese food. Her greatest inspirations are from her mother and grandmother. Her cooking adventures can be found at
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