Noodles are totally flavorless. They take on the taste of whatever they are softened in. Gluten-free and soy-free, so they are great for those with these sensitivities. I take them to work, add heated broth or bouillon and some sliced/diced meat/veggies. Super quick and easy. Much more portable than traditional Miracle Noodles. The only negative is the high cost for the relatively small amount of noodles. I have been buying these from the manufacturer and am happy to find them here at Netrition for less.
These were a pleasant surprise. These are--unlike shirataki noodles which have been soaked in a foul liquid that you can never seem to fully rinse away--these were totally tasteless. The texture is like a glass noodle.
Wasn't sure I would like it, given their weird shape and texture, but in an Asian recipe they were phenomenal. In Italian, not as well, but they weren't offensive.
Loved it! Easy to prepare. This was a two bowl process.
Bowl 1: 2 cups of hot water to soften the Kanten Pasta
Bowl 2: Softened butter, grated parm, Italian seasoning, minced garlic and salt.
After submerging the Kanten Pasta in hot water and stirring with a fork for about 1 minute, the texture tasted like al dente boiled pasta!
I drained the water from the Kanten Pasta and added the pasta to Bowl 2. Combined the pasta and sauce together. Perfect!! The sauce coated the pasta, and the texture remained a satisfying "pasta-chewy!"
I was going to prepare both packets, but glad I only did one. It was very filling and delicious!
As a diabetic I had pretty much given up on having one of my favorites, pasta with butter and Parmesan. I wasn't able to bring myself to try the packaged versions of these noodles that came in liquid. Fish smells put me off. But these don't have that problem. There is a slight brine smell to them when you submerge them in water, but only slight (my husband swears I have mutant olfactory senses so it may just be me). It in no way affects the taste. They aren't the texture of regular pasta as has been said but they really do take on the flavor of what you put them in. Expensive to be sure but they are worth it when you've spent the past five years sneaking small bites of your husband's pasta wishing you could just dig in like you used to.
I use this to "stretch" how much "rice" we can have in an individual serving for many rice dinners- like Chick and rice, rice pilaf etc. I rinse extremely well in a stainless wire-mesh strainer, then pan "dry" it for way longer than they recommend (until white, fluffy and separated)- which is about 8 minutes on high in a teflon skillet- mostly constantly stirring. Then I turn off, ad any seasonings and sometimes double it with real brown rice (cooked). Then it feels and tastes great with the recipe. Otherwise, I hate the smell and getting it dry is hard. I tried the dry in a tea towel first, and that worked, but wasted to much and was messy. If only they could send with out the liquid / smell, getting past that, this is a great product to eat a real full cup of rice, when otherwise you can only have a 1/4 cup = 1 serving starch. Wish they had the "orzo" shape, it mixed better with long grain rice. It has really helped us stay lo-carb and still have a filling meal! Love it!
If you hesitate to try this because you are not happy with the noodles, don't worry. Although the rice has that same "fishy" smell when you rinse it, it is much better than the noodles.
I rinse with cold water then put the "rice" in a bowl and pour boiling water over it, letting that sit while I prepare the rest of my ingredients...soup, vegetables, etc.
When the rest is ready I just drain it and add it.
A recipe: Thin-slice mushrooms and celery and saute with garlic and/or onion and no-salt seasoning. Drain and add the shirataki rice (reserving a little of the hot water)to the pan. I combine the hot water with a little mustard, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar and additional no-salt seasonings to make a sauce. Heat through. I never get tired of this combination; it is filling and has very few calories...a great no-guilt meal.
I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic, and this zero-carb product is an essential in my pantry. Miracle Rice is wonderful in any kind of soup recipe to add body and bulk with a starchy "mouth feel" to it, like soft cooked barley ... and that's definitely something I've missed desperately over the years and can't get any other way without adding carbs. I personally prefer Miracle Rice to Miracle Noodles because I love the small, easy-to-eat shape, especially in a hot bowl of soup. Highly recommend! Just remember NEVER to smell the brine in the package. Just drain, rinse well and add the Miracle Rice to your favorite soup or sauce.
The noodles smell fishy when you open the package, drain and rinse well, rinse again, rinse again. Cook them with whatever sauce you want, that way they will take on the flavor. Good substitute for pasta !
I am happy to see you carrying these noodles as well. I ordered my first ones last month from Mfrg. The smell when you first open them could put you off, but don't let it. Rinse them per instructions, and then add them to your soups and pasta. I have used them in my homemade chicken noodle soup, and with my marinara sauce as spaghetti. The noodle does not have a flavor or taste, but takes on the flavor of the juice/sauce.
This review is specific to Shirataki Pasta, Angel Hair
August 19, 2011 Reviewer: A customer in California
You need to understand that konnyaku products are 97% water and the rest is soluble fiber and minerals, esp. calcium. Konnyaku is not appreciated for its taste, which it has none, but for its texture. It also comes in big slabs or chunks that you can find in Japanese/Asian markets. The noodles absorb the taste of food they are cooked with, so you may want to dehydrate them a little before tossing them in a sauce, either by drying them with paper towels or by frying them in garlic oil. Do not buy them if you hate the texture of fried calamari (squid), or octopus. Konnyaku is like that and more. It is fun to chew if you like this kind of texture. It does not "give" the same way starchy pasta does. It seems more alive in your mouth, which I like. If you do not know what I am talking about, I highly recommend that you try this thing, but be on a lookout for a new fun texture experience. Remember, rinse well, and blanch in boiling water for a few minutes before use.
If you're truly low carbing, you know you have to make adjustments. It is truly worth adjusting your expectations for this line of konjac pastas.
First up- the konjac comes from the sea, so there is a fishy odor upon opening the bag. Just have your strainer right there, dump the noodles in, and run water over the noodles for a while, using your fingers to turn and rinse them. Once you do that thoroughly and then boil them a few minutes, the smell goes away and whatever sauce you use will be what you taste.
The texture is a bit chewy, so no, it isn't quite like old flour pasta, but it's ok and essentially has no flavor of its own. The point is to provide a low carb base for something else. You can use these in stir-fries or with a red or cream sauce on top, and when you're done eating you'll be full and guilt-free.
We've enjoyed the angel hair, and I'm ordering the fettuccine today. Since the fettuccine is a thicker noodle, it is chewier than a thin one, but we're ok with that.
Bottom line, we're willing to accept the chewier texture for the pleasure of being able to make a lot of forbidden dishes again - this stuff is totally diabetic and low carb friendly. Very glad Netrition's carrying it.
This review is specific to Shirataki Pasta, Angel Hair
As soon as my order was placed on the front porch, I ripped open the box and immediately made lunch by opening, straining, and rinsing a bag, adding shredded rotisserie chicken breast, artichoke bruschetta (a couple of tablespoons, maybe?), minced garlic, and flaked Parmesan cheese (I don't measure anything, just add how much I think will be tasty). Nuked for about 90 seconds, stirring every 30 or so. DELICIOUS and low carb!!! For side dishes, I'll be omitting the chicken but adding chopped spinach (never too much of that for me!) and maybe changing out the bruschetta for pesto. Oh, the options...
This review is specific to Shirataki Pasta, Angel Hair, Spinach
I was surprised when I saw a bad review for this product!!! I ordered the pho, spaghetti marinara, and vegan bolognese for my first go-round with this product and I love them!!! So far my favorite has been the spaghetti marinara. I added a bit of diced chicken but only for some added protein. The taste didn't need enhanced at all! The others were good as well, pho was my least favorite though.(Still tasty!) I'm ordering the pad thai next, and definitely more of both the "spaghetti" variations. Convenient and delicious. I'm a big fan of these!!!
*** KEEP IN MIND I have also been eating "miracle" noodles for awhile now - and if you are new to this type of "noodle" then the taste and texture may take some getting used to. But I am in love with these products!
This review is specific to Shirataki Ready-to-Eat Meal, Spaghetti Marinara
I have ordered all the asian flavors of this product. I like them all, but Pho is the least tasty. I will keep the 2 curries, the Pad Thai, and the Thai Tom Yum noodle soup on hand. I always add fresh veggies and meat, and they make a full meal for us. One thing I noticed about the noodles is that they have a much better texture than when I make them separately and add them to a dish. I will cook them longer from now on when preparing them myself.
I can't believe the poor reviews. I just love these! I have had the green curry and the Tom Yum they were out of this world. I added some garlic shrimp, just for the protein and it totally satisfied my craving for Asian food! I have yet to try the Pad Thai or the Italian ones, but if they are any thing like the 2 that I loved, I can hardly wait.
These ready to eat meals are perfect for work. I can keep them in my desk drawer and have them on hand when I have to work extra hours.