Shirataki Noodles

Have you ever heard of these noodles? Shirataki noodles are noodles made of yam. They have this bouncy, texture sort of like jellyfish. It’s made out of the same stuff as konnyaku (which I’ve always loved in hot pot) but in noodle form.

_MG_1891Konnyaku is interesting stuff.  It’s been hailed as a great diet food because it actually is listed as having zero calories.  Most of it is water, and the remaining amount is made up of mostly fiber.  It is rather tasteless, and therefore is best prepared in soups where it can absorb the flavor of the soup.

The water in which konnyaku or shirataki noodles are stored has a rather distinct and unpleasant smell. It can best be described as sort of fishy or musty.  To remove the smell, either microwave the noodles first for about a minute, or cook in boiling water for a few minutes.

The nice thing about shirataki noodles is that they don’t really get soft, so there isn’t much risk in overcooking them.

Having loved konnyaku as a kid, I was really excited to find out that they made these noodles.  As part of the Tastemaker Program with Foodbuzz, I was given $30 credit to spend at Asian Food Grocer, an online Asian grocery company.  I bought some soy wrappers (post about that coming later), and also some shirataki noodles.

The shipment came very quickly – I was quite impressed.  Their selection is not huge, but they do have a nice assortment of snacks (Pocky!) and useful sauces and such. 

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To prepare shirataki noodles, remove the noodles from the bag and definitely rinse well. Be prepared to smell that funny fishy/musty smell. It’s not too pleasant (although I did not find it completely offensive). You can also boil the noodles for a few minutes to remove the smell.

Chicken Pho

I then made Chicken Pho.

The noodles were delicious. I might be biased because I have always loved the texture of konnyaku. It’s bouncy, sort of a firm, gelatinous texture. It’s hard to explain, but I think you’ll either love it or hate it.

Chicken Pho toppings

If you have ever had those sweet lychee jelly cups from years past (now outlawed in the US and Canada), you’ve had konnyaku. They were outlawed because they were choking hazards. I used to love those snacks too – so yummy.

Anyway, if you like the texture of jellyfish or squid, you might like these shirataki noodles.  They have the super added benefit of being zero calories!

Just don’t try making Italian pasta with them. You will very likely be disappointed.

For a much more comprehensive article on konnyaku, check out Maki’s article at Just Bento.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you so much for bringing these up. I’ve been wondering for a while what these were called and what they were made of and didn’t even know where to start looking. :D

  2. says

    I’ve heard of these noodles…wanted to try them out for awhile now but could never find them!

    I guess what they said about being flavorless is true. They might do well in spicy Korean soups – cover up that odd smell with spices.

    Thanks for the review!

  3. noodle says

    I like these too…I have eaten them many times, but I love them (rinsed ) and the pan-cooked in light oil with some sauteed red onion, ginger, garlic,green onion and Serrano peppers, simmered with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce, and fish sauce and topped with green onion and cilantro….(plus pepper flakes etc)…I saw your picture and I think we agree on a few things haha.

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