Most people refer to the Shirataki Noodles as the miracle noodles or the zero calorie noodles. They have been becoming quite popular lately since the rise of the low carb diet and the big ban of processed carbs from most Americans' diet.
What Are Shirataki Noodles Made Of?
Shirataki noodles come from a yam-like tuber called Devil's Tongue. Glucomannan starch is extracted from the tubers, then mixed with water and lime water to turn it into a substance called konnyaku. Konnyaku is then shredded into traditional shirataki noodles.
Sometimes other ingredients are added into shirataki noodles, like soy, and you'll see them labeled tofu or with other flavors.
They naturally don't contain any calories because the glucomannan starch they're made of is an indigestible dietary fiber and also contains no carbohydrates.
Tofu shirataki noodles will have a few calories in them, due to the addition of soy.
Where Can I Buy Shirataki Noodles?
Shirataki noodles can be found both dry and soft (cooked). The cooked shirataki noodles are easier to find and are thin, translucent, and have a gelatinous texture. The noodles have no real flavor but absorb flavors instead.
The soft shirataki noodles, packed in liquid, are usually sold in the refrigerator case with the tofu at the grocery store. As they've become more and more popular over the years, I've even found them at big chain grocery stores, like Safeway.
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How to cook the miracle noodles?
The prepared shirataki noodles can be eaten as is, but the package advises draining, rinsing, and even boiling them for a few minutes if you don't like the flavor of the liquid they're packed in.
They are definitely better cooked and taste great depending on the seasoning ... etc. The liquid they come in definitely has a little taste but cooking takes care of it for sure.