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【英語】 Tokoroten : 暑い夏には、さっぱりとした「ところてん」で健康的に!

“Tokoroten” has been enjoyed in Japan for more than a thousand years. Traditionally, it has been one of the typical cold snack in summer.
ところてんは千年以上も歴史があり、夏を代表す伝統的なる冷たいおやつでした。

 

It is a jelly-like food made from red seaweed called “Tengusa” (天草, Gelidium). 

Using a special wooden “Tokoroten”-making instrument, which works like a handy pump, gelatin seaweed substance is pushed out from small holes and made into thin noodle-like strips, as seen in the picture. Please find the noodle-like strips  coming out of  “Tentsuki”, the “Tokoroten” making instrument, in the 2nd picture below.

ところてんは天草と呼ばれる海藻から作られます。木で出来た「てん付き」を用い、寒天質を押し出しながら細い麺状にしたものをいただきます。

 

“Tokoroten” is served cold and typically with vinegar flavored soy sauce, or with sugar syrup in some cases. 

冷たいまま、酢じょう油をかけて、あるいは黒蜜と一緒にいただきます。

 

It is very healthy, with high vegetable protein but extremely low calories. Good for dieting!
If you have a chance, please try out this ‘very Japanese’ summer snack!

 

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