Updated: July 12, 2017
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Have You Ever Heard of Tokoroten? A Vegan Japanese Summer Dessert

There is an overwhelming number of foods you can try in Japan. It varies by region and by season, so it's like diving into a deep, delicious ocean of novelty! Yum! There are loads of new foods to discover during the summer in Japan, they are generally light and refreshing, but oh so ever delicious!

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What is tokoroten?

Amongst the summer desserts you should try is tokoreten. (Below, you can find a link to an article detailing summer sweets you should try in Japan!)

What is tokoroten though?
Tokoroten is a dish made from agarophytes, a seaweed, and is a staple in Japanese cuisine for over a thousand years. It is made by boiling red algae until it becomes jelly.
Unlike gelatin, it isn't made of animal products so it can be eaten by vegetarians as well!
It can be eaten as a savoury dish, or in this case, as a dessert with kuromitsu (a kind of molass).
It's refreshing, tasty and healthy! Well there you have it!

Nutrition

Tokoroten contains 2 cal per 100g so it is very diet friendly! It is said to contain 99% water, so it a great snack to have while on a diet. It contains some minerals and vitamins, such as iodine, molybdenum and some magnesium.

It is said to have many health benefits:
-Extremely low calories
-It is high in fiber and moves slowly through your body, helping you feel full longer AND it helps relieve constipation!
-It can refrain the absorption of sugar
-Decreases cholesterol
-Increases your metabolism level!

Yes, please!

Where to eat it?

It can be found in supermarkets and in convenience stores, but also in Japanese-style coffee shops. So it can be vary from very cheap to a little pricier in a nice cafe.
It is typically served with kuromitsu, but it can also be served with red bean paste, ice cream and fruits or with matcha.
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For the real deal, you can go to Higashiya to try Tokoroten at a beautiful Japanese sweets shop!
The shop offers small tables to enjoy a variety of Japanese sweets with tea. They also serve lunch!

For a more detailed list of summer sweets you should also try!

Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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