Umami Mart Registry

Kanpyo is a curious food - shaved calabash gourd. You can buy kanpyo dehydrated in white strips. You must prepare the dehydrated strips and marinate them to get them ready for the most common kanpyo dishes like futomaki rolls and side dishes. I wanted to make unohana - a mixture of tofu pulp and vegetables, so I decided to try my hand at kanpyo.

Kanpyo bought from the store:


Wash the strips of kanpyo with water.

Rub with salt:


Soak for 10 minutes in water.

Put the kanpyo with water in a pot and bring to boil:


Drain. Create a mixture of 1 cup dashi, 2 tbs sugar, 2 tbs soy sauce and 2 tbs mirin. Put this mixture in the pot, and add the drained kanpyo into the pot. Simmer in the mixture for 5 minutes. All the liquid should be absorbed by the kanpyo.

Remove from pot and cut into desired size.


*Yoko lives in Tokyo. She loves dips, dashi and deals.
Column: Japanify


  • I am a 66yr old diabetic and fairly healthy and Iā€™m looking to change my diet from rice and other starches to kanpyo Any guidance or suggestions? Always greatly appreciated. DR

    Dennis Ramdawah on

  • I saw a great show on NHK World about superfoods, and kanpyo sounds like a star! Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    Micki Carroll on

  • If you have eaten a lot of sushi rolls you may have eaten this without knowing. It's often in the big futomaki rolls alongside egg and spinach. You should be able to pick up a pack of kanpyo at a Japanese grocery store in the states. And any decent sushi restaurant should have kanpyo rolls.

    yoko on

  • hmmm, i'm very unfamiliar with this

    Justin on

  • This the best and simplist recipe I have found. It’s really a great things to add flavor and texture to futamaki rolls. This is easy to make and this recipe is easy to follow, love it.

    Janice on

  • Once cut and marinated it looks like meat. I wonder if I can fool my friends with this!

    Amanda on

  • I love unohana but I've never had it with kanpyo, usually with konnyaku… I want to try this!

    Dan on

Leave a comment

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published