What is Tokoroten?
Tokoroten are usually thin noodles that consist of water and agar. Agar is a herbal and vegetarian remedy that is made from algae. To make the noodles, you need a so-called Toko-tsuki. With this utensil you press the cooled mass (water + agar) through a press with a grid. Similar to a pasta press. But since I and many others do not own this device, I cut my agar agar mass into small cubes. This also makes them better eatable :)
How healthy is Tokoroten?
Tokoroten are very healthy, because the almost calorie-free snack is eaten in Japan as a saturating agent. As a snack (chilled in the summer) you can prepare and enjoy it with different sauces. A perfect and very healthy snack.
Where can I buy the ingredients for Tokoroten?
For Tokoroten you really only need water, some vinegar and Agar Agar. Fortunately, I have a German product by Dr. med. Oetker discovers 100% Agar Agar. Just order it via Amazon (see preparation list)
How does Tokoroten taste like?
Tokoroten actually tastes like nothing. The herbal jelly is almost tasteless. Only the sauce is a carrier of the taste. Try different sauces.
These sauces are suitable for Tokoroten
I have often prepared the following sauces. My favorite is and remains the simplest sauce :)
The Sauce in this Recipe - My Favourite - Mild Tase
- 1 Tbs Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tbs Soy Saucee
- 1 Tbs Sugar
Kuromitsu Sauce - Sweet and salty
- 1 tbs (heaped) brown sugar
- 1 tbs (level) white sugar
- 2 tbs water
Kantō-Sauce - Spiced
- 2 tbs Soy Sauce
- 2 tbs Rice Vinegar
- 1/4 minzed spring onion
- 1 teaspoon mustard