No/Low-carb dieters, this one’s for you!!
I’d always loved eating these small “noodley things” at hotpot, but had no idea how healthy and awesome they were until Eugene Kan from Hypebeast told me how they’re pretty much zero calories and pure fibre, not to mention that they look like a carb, taste like a carb, but have zero side effects like a carb (i.e. weight gain or bloating).
They look like small bundles of thin white noodles, and are sold in rectangular packets soaked in water for something like HK$8 a pack (super cheap!!) at Wellcome. They’re slightly crunchy like a stale noodle and take on the taste of whatever it’s served or cooked with, making them super versatile for salads, soups, and the like.
So what are they made of actually?
Konnyaku is a traditional Japanese health food made from a kind of potato, that’s called shirataki when converted into a noodle. Most of it is water (97 percent) and the rest of it is Glucomannan, a dietary fibre that’s extremely difficult for humans to digest.
As a result, Konnyaku is non-fat, rich in minerals and virtually calorie-free, making it an awesome addition to your diet (especially if you’re not allowed to eat pasta/carbs). I like to think of it as a form of water (something without calories that just passes through your system), except this one can be chewed.
So far, I’ve been adding into my tofu soups as a form of fibre. Love them!
Thank you for this! I’ve been reading about “Miracle Noodles” everywhere but didn’t know how to look for them in HK supermarkets and was reluctant to order them online because they are after all an Asian product. Never knew these noodles (which I love) are exactly that 😀 Will go stock up on them 🙂
Can someone please tell me where you can buy these things in Hong Kong?
Hi Obese, you can find them at Wellcome or Park n’ Shop near the chilled tofu/udon.
They are very low in calories and very yummy with soup, but I do suggest eating them with other veggies/ protein coz they don’t contains many nutritents( e.g~protein/vitamins)
Absolutely brilliant info
Will try to find them in uk…..maybe at a Chinese store here. Thanks for that