Zero-calorie miracle noodles: Are they worth the hype?
Shirataki noodles, also known as miracle noodles, are thin and translucent Japanese noodles with a gelatinous texture.
Shirataki means "white waterfall", which aptly describes its appearance. Made from konjac root, it contains next to zero calories - just 7 calories for every 100g.
For those with a weight loss goal, you'll be glad to know that this low-carb alternative has proven to aid in that department according to numerous studies. It is also high in fibre and fit for those on a gluten-free diet.
Why doesn't it contain any calories?
Shirataki noodles carry 97 per cent water and 3 per cent glucomannan fibre, a soluble fibre that improves bowel health and blood sugar levels.
Try it for yourselves at Tamoya Udon
Famous for its chewy noodles, Japanese eatery Tamoya Udon launched a Bijin Noodles series that pairs this guilt-free "beauty" noodles with four of its signature sauces and broths.
According to a spokesperson from Tamoya Udon, their best-selling dish from the series is Oooh-mami Bijin Noodles ($10.80). Slightly tangy to taste, it has an egg, dried sakura ebi, spring onions, and bonito flakes atop the Shirataki noodles tossed in a rich XO sauce.
The Beef Kake Bijin Noodle ($11.80) came in a simple but comforting dashi soup broth - our pick for a rainy day.
Served in a soya dashi broth, the Pork Sanuki Bijin Noodles ($10.80) comes in a very generous amount - similar to the Beef Kake Bijin Noodles. So, you're guaranteed to be satisfied by the amount of protein, if not by the Shirataki noodles.
Our favourite, however, was the refreshing Cold Bijin Noodles ($8.80), which is unique to the series (for the other three dishes, you can opt for the original udon variations). This vibrant-looking bowl comprises a well-marinated mix of minced pork, egg and five different vegetables for added colour and crunch.
If you're looking for a light meal that is satisfying without that dreaded food coma in the afternoon, Tamoya Udon's Bijin Noodles are a perfect choice. Shirataki noodles are virtually tasteless on their own, but the sauces and broths at Tamoya Udon were a tasty accompaniment.
The only downside? The lack of a non-spicy dry noodle option.
We love that the shirataki noodles don't reach a limp and soggy stage. Compared to a similar noodle like tang hoon (glass noodles), shirataki noodles are a great, if not better option in soups or even hot pots.
Tamoya Udon's Bijin Noodle series is available for a limited time at Tamoya Udon, located at #01-32 Liang Court.
This article was first published in Shape