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Feb 11, 2007 12:41 PM

Konjac / Konnyaku jelly powder??

I'm looking for Konjac powder - it's a gelling agent used in Asian desserts that is commonly found in those little fruit jelly snacks you always find in Asian supermarkets.

I know there are some unflavored Konjac powders for consumer use out there, but I haven't been able to find any in Boston. I've looked in most of the Super 88's and other Asian markets. Does anyone know of where I can find it?

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  1. Kotobukiya might be your best best--I know for sure that I've gotten kuzu powder there before. (In fact, are you using it for something that could substitute kuzu, or some other starch?) Korean markets like Reliable or Lotte might have acorn starch that is also somewhat similar (but congeals to a softer, not so elastic product)

    (BTW, as far as I know, most gel snacks have switched over to nata de coco-based formulas, since konnyaku-based ones were outlawed under concerns of choking hazards... Some of the packaging doesn't seem to have been updated, though, so sometimes you get ones that say "Konjac snack" in one place, but "Contains no konjac" in another)

    1. Are you looking for it as a gelling agent for cooking or as a dietary supplement, which is another of its uses?

      If the latter, it's available in capsulized form at health food stores.

      If you want it for gelling, perhaps you could get the capsules and simply open them for the powder as needed.

      Gooc Luck!