I can’t live without my carbohydrates. And if you’re here reading this, you’re probably just like me! Well, the good news is I’ve found the perfect solution to my carb cravings – Shirataki Noodles. Perfect solution? Yes! My carb cravings are bad. They just don’t go away until I’ve had carbs. Like even an entire meal of steak couldn’t satisfy me!
Originally from Asia, these miracle noodles has become synonymous with low-carb or carb-free diets. It is even a great alternative for diabetics.
What is Shirataki?
Shirataki is a root of a plant that is commonly known as Konjac or Elephant Yam.
What is in these noodles then, if not carbs?
These noodles are mostly a type of dietary fibre known as glucomannan.
Benefits of Shirataki Noodles
These noodles consist largely of the dietary fibre, Glucomannan, and Glucomannan is associated the management of high cholesterol levels and alleviating blood glucose levels of type 2 diabetics. Other tests have also shown Glucomannan to increase insulin sensitivity and improves glycemia and risk factor for coronary heart disease.
While there is no conclusive evidence that Glucomannan can help in weight loss, it is a common ingredient in nutrition supplements for weight management and appetite reduction.
How do Shirataki Noodles taste?
I think of them as a thicker version of tang hoon and are slightly rubbery in texture. Not much taste but can be used in almost any dish!
Cooking Shirataki Noodles
I chuck these noodles in a pot of boiling water and just let them boil for a couple of minutes, even though it really isn’t necessary cook them. They are ready to eat out of the packet.
Where can I buy Shirataki Noodles?
I got these from Aeon Supermarket at 1 Utama here in PJ, Malaysia, at about RM8 (sorry, I can’t remember the exact price). At the time of this post, I have checked Village Grocer at Sunway Giza and Cold Storage in both Ikano Power Centre (IPC) and 1 Utama, and they do not sell them.
Previously, when I was back in Singapore, I also bought a few packets from NTUC’s FairPrice Finest at Marine Parade for about $3 each.
You will generally find these miracle noodles in the chiller sections where the tofu is usually placed.