Yumventures in…Japanese Jello?
I told you I like to try new things, right?
My boss just got back from a 3 week trip to Malasia and brought back some cool goodies. A lot of them had gluten in them (including a very tasty looking Pineapple Cake), but one that I could venture into was what he called “Japanese Jello”: Konjac Coconut Jelly.
I am not a fan of jello, unless it has the word “shot” after it, but I figured “Hey, when am I ever going to try this again?”. The jellys came individually packaged in a variety of (familiar) flavors. I chose to go with pineapple, since I missed out on the cake.
The packaging was cute and convenient, and I could imagine Japanese mothers getting these for their kids to go to school. Except, the jelly came with these warnings:
My favorite is “Do not eat while performing any physical activity”. I can imagine commercials like U.S. commercials for sleep aids: do not operate heavy machinery while consuming Konjac Coconut Jelly. I’m surprised they didn’t have “Not suitable for children aged 10 and under” on the label. Or “May cause drowsiness”, perhaps.
So, I tried Japanese jello for the first time. And it was weird.
Warning number 1 on the package is completly correct, it is like regular jello, but super thick and way less mushy. There is also a hard piece of fruit in the center of each one, which didn’t taste like fruit, but like even harder and thicker jello. They were also super-sweet, and kind of like a pineapple life saver. I think it would have been better cold, but they don’t necessarily need to be refridgerated (which makes me wonder, how do they keep the extra-thick consistancy?). I brought one home for Z, and he told me he thought it is what silicone would taste like. Oh, boys.
I probably wouldn’t eat another one, so I have to pawn off the rest of the bag on fellow HMS staffers. But I’m glad I tried it! It is was a yumventure that I probably would never have had, unless I went to Japan. Which would be cool too 🙂