Amber Aspic Loaf

Kohaku Kan

Preparation info
  • Makes

    2 dozen pieces

    • Difficulty


Appears in
An American Taste of Japan

By Elizabeth Andoh

Published 1985

  • About

This jellied chicken-and-vegetable loaf is perfect for buffet service or packing in a picnic basket since it doesn’t require constant refrigeration. It makes use of kanten (agar), which is processed from sea vegetables, not animal protein, and gels firmly without chilling.


  • 1 stick kanten (Japanese gelatin; agar) OR 1 envelope (4 grams) powdered


Break the stick of kanten into several pieces and soak them in cold water for at least 10 minutes. If you’re using powdered kanten, sprinkle it over 2 tablespoons of cold water and let it stand for at least 5 minutes before using.

Soak the dried mushrooms in