Satoimo/里芋 (taro root) is a very common vegetable for the Japanese. It's slimy texture is unique and it is very nutritious yet low in calories. If you are not big fan of slimy textured food, but still want to try out this vegetable, Deep frying it opposed to boiling it or stewing it will reduce its sliminess. I've added a recipe for deep fried satoimo with a soy sauce flavored sweet sauce as well as how to peel the satoimo (it's a bit tricky).
I'm Miyuki and I teach Japanese Home cooking at my home in Tokyo.