Clean the konnyaku by rubbing with salt. Make shallow cuts into once side in a lattice pattern, and cut into dice-sized slices. Or, rip it up into bite-sized pieces with your fingers.
Boil some water, and then boil the konnyaku to remove the smell. You can skip this step if the smell doesn't bother you. Heat up sesame oil in a small saucepan, and sauté the deseeded finely ripped-up chili pepper.
Add in a bit of water (4-5 tablespoons) and ☆, and boil down over a medium-strong heat until most of the broth has evaporated.
Top it with sesame and you are done .
Story Behind this Recipe
Konnyaku is cheap! I always buy it...
It is sweet and spicy, so it goes well together with rice and sake . It gets really spicy if you add in a whole chili pepper, half a pepper might suffice. You can also omit the red pepper and use ichimi or shichimi chili powder instead . The sesame will stick to the konnyaku when cooking if there is water remaining, so it is a good idea to squeeze out the water with a paper towel.