3 kinds of sweets for New Year

Yokan (Soy beans jelly), kuromame kanten (black soybeans agar) Kurikinton (mashed sweet potatoes with sweetened chestnuts)


Yokan: 500g soybeans, 500g sugar, agar, salt
Kuromame kanten: black soybeans, sugar, agar, salt
Kurikinton: sweet potato, bottled chestnuts, salt



  • Heat rinsed soybeans, when the color of the hot water changes, discard it.
  • Put 1. into water and boil again.
  • When soybeans become soft and split, add agar.
  • When agar melts, add sugar.
  • Stir 4. continuously with a scoop at low heat to avoid scorching.
  • Add a bit of salt, when it becomes sticky, pour it into a mould

Kuromame Kanten

  • Put proper quantity of agar into water and boil.
  • When agar melts, add sugar and salt
  • Put cooked black soybeans into a mould and pour agar.


  • Cut peeled sweet potatoes in pieces of 3 cm.
  • Put alum into water and soak sweet potatoes for about 1 – 2 hours.
  • Rinse sweet potatoes, and steam for 20 min.
  • Strain hot potatoes.
  • Put 4. into a pot with sugar and water, and knead 20 min. at low heat.
  • Add a little of salt and mix with chestnuts.