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June 29, 2012 2:25 PM
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June 30, 2012 3:57 PM
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July 5, 2012 8:01 PM
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I just tried to dry fry these noodles and im not sure if I did this right. They started to shrivel up? I had it on high and had them on about 7 minutes or so. Its almost like they started disappearing!


This happened to me too! I bought the Nooodles brand. Shriveling up is the best way to describe what was happening. They didn't taste bad or anything, I just wasn't sure if I was doing it wrong or had left it for too long or what. Any suggestions?
  488367
July 5, 2012 8:36 PM
I would say too long as that is what I did. The first time I just let them lose a bit of moisture but the next time they shrivelled were very dry and hard to digest.
I am going to just mrinse them well next time and dry them a bit on paper towel.
July 6, 2012 5:25 AM
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I would say too long as that is what I did. The first time I just let them lose a bit of moisture but the next time they shrivelled were very dry and hard to digest.
I am going to just mrinse them well next time and dry them a bit on paper towel.


I eat them every day and have never had that happen-- but I've never purchased that brand, either. I've cooked the heck out of then and never saw anything remotely like that happen. Very strange!
  8399295
July 6, 2012 5:51 AM
I tried them and cooked them just how you described (dry fry). I added some siracha, soy, and garlic. The flavor was fine, but I could NOT get past the texture. It felt like I was chewing rubber bands. I keppt chewing to see if things changed, but it only made it feel like I was chewing smaller rubber bands. I could hear the "squeak" of the noodles in my skull while I was chewing! Freaked me out a little and I never got past that first bite. Just dumped it in the trash. Do you have any sugesstions on how to make tham less rubbery?
  13229868
July 6, 2012 5:53 AM
Bump so I can come back and read this, I'm interested.
July 6, 2012 7:05 AM
That would be perfect for me if so!!!! Can we get them mostly anywhere? I'm in the Ottawa area (Canada)
July 6, 2012 7:15 AM
thanks! going to try this.
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July 6, 2012 7:16 AM
RavenKellie, I'm in Toronto and we have them in our korean super markets; I'd be surprised if you couldn't find them in Ottawa :)
  4444177
July 6, 2012 7:16 AM
RavenKellie, I'm in Toronto and we have them in our korean super markets; I'd be surprised if you couldn't find them in Ottawa :)
  4444177
July 6, 2012 7:53 AM
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July 6, 2012 11:28 AM
In Australia, we have Slim Pasta ( same stuff) in Angel hair and spaghetti noodles ( in health food section at Woolworths and also Changs wok ready low cal gluten free (same stuff) - the one packed in fluid , in the noodle aisle at Woolworths and Coles. Changs is cheaper than the other one. :)
July 6, 2012 11:43 AM
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July 6, 2012 12:01 PM
Thank you for this great and informative post! I've had the tofu shirataki noodles, and enjoyed them, but didn't realize that there was an even LOWER calorie version out there! I'll have to see if I can find them in my city, and will also have to try the dry-fry method you described. (When I made the noodles I just cooked them into chicken noodle soup, which was good too - but I like having options!)
  25609097
July 6, 2012 12:08 PM
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I tried them and cooked them just how you described (dry fry). I added some siracha, soy, and garlic. The flavor was fine, but I could NOT get past the texture. It felt like I was chewing rubber bands. I keppt chewing to see if things changed, but it only made it feel like I was chewing smaller rubber bands. I could hear the "squeak" of the noodles in my skull while I was chewing! Freaked me out a little and I never got past that first bite. Just dumped it in the trash. Do you have any sugesstions on how to make tham less rubbery?


You could try a different brand or a different noodle. If you tried shirataki and didn't like it you might prefer tofu shirataki.

I've never had any taste like rubber bands, though. Since it's made of vegetable and not grain the texture won't ever be the same but it's reasonably close.

Your best bet is to add enough other textures that you won't focus on the noodle texture. You could stir fry in some bean sprouts, bok choy, celery, broccoli, meat-- you name it.

I've also known some people to use 50% pasta and 50% shirataki. You don't end up with zero calories, of course, but you still cut the calories in half.

Try this:

1) dry fry 1 or 2 package(s) of shirataki noodles with 1/2 onion (chopped) and 1/2 bell pepper (chopped)
2) when they're done, add 2 oz of steak (cut up small), some bok choy, broccoli, bean sprouts, garlic powder and the sauce(s) of your choice. (I would use a smidge of sesame oil and some teriyaki sauce).
3) When they're nearly done, beat one egg and stir fry it in.
4) Spray a little buttery spray on, for good measure.
5) Since you like hot stuff, don't forget the chili powder.

Your calories will be (roughly): shirataki noodles (0), steak (100), bok choy (10), broccoli (50), onion (20), bell pepper (20), bean sprouts (20), garlic powder (1), sesame oil (20), teriyaki sauce (10), egg (70), buttery spray (0)

Total will be about 321 calories-- and the texture shouldn't bother you a bit!

Let me know how you make out.

-Chelle
  8399295
July 10, 2012 7:45 PM
Here's tonight's shirataki noodle dinner at our house!

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/alphabetsalad/view/an-experiment-with-shirataki-noodles-293345
  25609097
July 13, 2012 3:27 AM
I cooked with these for the first time ever last night! Amazing! I only ordered 3 packs online (even though it's cheaper to buy in bulk) as I didn't want a cupboard full of the things if they were awful. For a start, the water they were packed in didn't smell at all (I was prepared for the fishy smell) and I followed your advice and dry fried them for a while. Then I set them aside and used low cal oil spray to fry some onion, garlic, one raw chopped chicken breast and yellow peppers, with plenty of different seasonings and some dried chilli flakes. Threw the noodles back in for the last few minutes with some steamed brocolli a dash of soy sauce and I had a wok full of food! I think I have a pretty big appetite and I have enough leftover for a good part of my dinner this evening.

I'm almost worried they're too good to be true and it's all a con haha. I had a stir fry the night before using fresh egg noodles, and while of course the texture is different (more similar to rice noodles which are actually more calorific than egg noodles) it was just as tasty and filling with at least 200cals less and way fewer carbs.

Placing my bulk order now and spreading the word. THANK YOU!!!!
July 13, 2012 7:18 AM
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Great blog post! It sounds like you made quite the delicious meal!
  8399295
July 13, 2012 7:21 AM
QUOTE:

I cooked with these for the first time ever last night! Amazing! I only ordered 3 packs online (even though it's cheaper to buy in bulk) as I didn't want a cupboard full of the things if they were awful. For a start, the water they were packed in didn't smell at all (I was prepared for the fishy smell) and I followed your advice and dry fried them for a while. Then I set them aside and used low cal oil spray to fry some onion, garlic, one raw chopped chicken breast and yellow peppers, with plenty of different seasonings and some dried chilli flakes. Threw the noodles back in for the last few minutes with some steamed brocolli a dash of soy sauce and I had a wok full of food! I think I have a pretty big appetite and I have enough leftover for a good part of my dinner this evening.

I'm almost worried they're too good to be true and it's all a con haha. I had a stir fry the night before using fresh egg noodles, and while of course the texture is different (more similar to rice noodles which are actually more calorific than egg noodles) it was just as tasty and filling with at least 200cals less and way fewer carbs.

Placing my bulk order now and spreading the word. THANK YOU!!!!


Yum! No fair making me hungry-- this is supposed to be a dieting site!

Awesome job!

-Chelle
  8399295
July 13, 2012 7:24 AM
Where did you buy these online??
July 13, 2012 7:26 AM
Well, thank you, dieter chelle! You sound like a knowledgeable, helpful lady! I'll keep an eye out for shirataki noodles.
  8434638
July 13, 2012 7:27 AM
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July 13, 2012 7:32 AM
I LOVE these noodles!! I have to feel full, too, and they do the trick. The texture is not like wheat noodles, but I like it anyway. It's about broadening your palate!
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