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May 29, 2010 11:42 AM

Elephant Yam [konjac] in Austin

Elephant yam, also known as konjac (Amorphophallus konjac or Amorphophallus rivieri), native to Asia. The konjac tuber has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy and to make traditional foods such as konjac jelly, tofu, and noodles. More recently, purified konjac flour, or GM, has been used as a food stabilizer, gelling agent, and supplement.
from Mark Hyman

Read this in the morning post and need to lay my hands on some for a friend of mine who's seriously overweight

What grocery stores in Austin are stocking elephant yams?

Any restaurants in town cooking with elephant yams?

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  1. Chef, did you read that article in Huffington Post too? For those interested in reading more about what scrumptiouschef is talking about... go here:

    I think I might buy the supplement.I gotta think there isn't a lot of elephant yam for sale in A-town.

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    1. re: Rice Checks

      Rice Checks
      Yep,read it in the morning post. Before you run out and get a supplement let's wait a little bit and see if an Asian market expert might weigh in with where to get the real deal; the kind you can actually cook and utilize in recipes.

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        I'm think I've seen konjac noodles sold at MT Supermarket, and at the Whole Foods downtown, but I haven't paid attention to where I've seen 'em, because it's so much cheaper to just make your own (

    2. DK Sushi Grocery on Lamar has konjac/konnyaku (こんにゃくor 蒟蒻) in the fridge. While I haven't specifically looked for it elsewhere, it's used very commonly in Taiwan, China, Japan etc, so I suspect you can easily find it at MT, Hong Kong SM, or Asia Market.

      A lot of the fruit juice jello snacks (usually individually packaged in little tiny cups and sold en masse in large plastic jars) they have at Asian grocers are made with konnyaku powder (instead of or in addition to gelatin). It's used a lot in dessert soups and cold appetizer ('summery') dishes. And yes, it's good for weight loss (negative calorie food, like celery) - hence also the 'summery' part.

      It's relatively tasteless (like tofu), but can often come with seaweed extract pre-added. Texture-wise, think 'crunchy jelly.' You can also get them in noodle form (shirataki).

      Not aware of any restaurants in Austin that serve it.

      Hong Kong Restaurant
      812 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666