Cubes of refreshment : heart-heaven in black sweetness

This style of dessert is popular in Japanese Summer. This is my Southern fruit version.
It’s hot, you definitely don’t want any of the classical desserts, cakes, cream, even ice-creams. This is really light. Then it helps your digestion when weather is weird and makes your inside react weirdly.

The cubes are made of agar-agar seaweed (kanten). As a cooled jelly, they shaped in noodles or squares or whatever. They are called tokoroten, 心天, a cute name “heart heaven”. They are nearly flavorless. Served very fresh. Once, I’ve made some from scratches… I mean really, from fishing the seaweed, washing it, cooking it. Well I’ll show you the final part some day.
As you see there are a few sweet beans too.

You can add fruits. I’ve added pinapple. Then bananas. I eat bananas everyday. I try to have 4 fruits a day, and usually there is a banana in that. They are really convenient. Very cheap -especially since a TV starlet made them popular as diet food, rich in potassium (I fear cramps) and caloric (I need to eat more, really). And that’s not a bad import. They come by boat, not too much waste, quite ecological. Japan has to get food from abroad, that’s my share.

Then, the flavor comes from the “kuro mitsu”, the black sugar syrup. It’s very strong, not much is needed. I added a few sesame seeds.

Another version with cherries :

Second half of June 2010 : Illustrated Menu

First half of June 2010 : Illustrated Menu

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