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Apr 11, 2010 02:55 PM

ISO konjac/shirataki/glucomannan in Boston area

Anyone know of any Asian market in the Boston area that carries the noodles or powder?

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  1. i don't know how far you are from the H Mart in Burlington, but they definitely carry the noodles and cakes.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      do you have an address or street name for me?

    2. I think just about any asian market in the area carries konnyaku in block form, and many also in shirataki form. Most recently I've bought it in the Hong Kong market (former Super 88) in Allston (where it was remarkably cheap), and in the Japan Village Market in Brookline village (where it was surprisingly and unusually expensive). It's usually in the fridge/deli case, though at Hong Kong market they were just in the middle of the store. I think C-Mart branches carry it (for sure I've gotten shirataki there), and Reliable Market in Union square also has it. In fact, I think I've even seen shirataki at Whole Foods, though I'm not 100% sure of this...

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      1. re: another_adam

        Whole Foods indeed carries Shirataki.

        1. re: robertlf

          most Whole Foods Markets don't carry the pure konjac/konnyaku shirataki - they typically only stock the ones made with tofu.

      2. To echo the posts above, most of the Asian markets sell these in some form, depending on what you're looking for. The most common I see are indeed the blocks and t he tight "knots" of noodles in the Chinese markets. I've seen thicker packs of noodles at HMart and on occasion at a Vietnamese/Chinese grocery store too (I saw them at the market that replaced Super88 in Quincy). I've seen all varieties at HMart and at Reliable in Union Square.

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        1. re: kobuta

          Can someone tell me where in the supermarket I will find these noodles, and what the package looks like? My local Asian market is Kam Man in Quincy, but it's hard to find an employee who speaks English.

          1. re: Howard_2

            They are in the fridge section with fresh items (noodles, tofu, etc.) - not the frozen food. In Kam Man, this means the fridge to the right and past the veggies, near the cooked food/roast meats section.

            1. re: kobuta

              I was there just the other day and looked carefully (that refrigerator chest is one of my favorites at Kam Man) and did not see it. Lots of bean curd products (and of course I picked up a 2 liter jar of kim chi), but nothing bearing names like shirataki or konjac or glucomman. I also looked in the freezer cases at the other end of the store and found no noodles (tho I *did* find a can of frozen mango juice concentrate!!!)

              1. re: Howard_2

                Take a trip to the store where Super 88 used to be (off Hancock St) - not far from Kam Man at all. I only know the Chinese name, not the English name. I know I've seen them there in the fridge section.

            2. re: Howard_2

              sometimes you can also find them in the aisle where there is the juice and wonton wrappers and fresh noodles and japanese sweets. This is also the same aisle where the incense are.

              It's the last aisle before the frozen section if you are walking from the front of the store. It's across from the seafood dept.

              I'm usually there and you can ask if a shopper can help you. I don't mind and tend to speak up with I can hear someone confused and speaking out loud. lol

              1. re: Chocomom

                Yeah, I also tend to ask a shopper who seems to speak English. I asked about the noodles at the Service desk and they had no idea what I was talkg about.

                1. re: Howard_2

                  You could print out the Wikipedia page with text in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


                  Japanese: 蒟蒻/菎蒻; こんにゃく
                  Korean: 곤약
                  Chinese: 蒟蒻; pinyin: jǔ ruò

          2. I think glucocomann is also known as Moyu and Juruo in china. I am going to try the super 88 this week at south bay center. You might also try mings market on washington street in the south end. I am looking for the gluten free, carb free, calorie free noodles made from glucocomann a.k.a. Moyu and Juruo. Good luck in your hunt! You can order online from if you want. But i think thy can be found cheaper kn asian markeyts. Let e know whwt you find and where. Thanks.

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            1. re: Helobuff

              Not as cheap as the Asian markets (where they're usually near tho mochi, in my experience) but they have them at Whole Foods. All of them...(Just the noodles)

            2. I found it on amazon, the powder, the noodles and the rice, check there!