Okay so. Going to remind everyone again that I lived in Japan for about 2 years. So as I was roaming around the local Asian market I came across shirataki noodles and instantly had a flashback to my home-stay days when my host mom told me I was gaining weight and started feeding these to me instead normal noodles. For those of you who don't know what these are, here's a little description from Wikipedia:
[Shirataki are very low carbohydrate, low calorie, thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from devil's tongue yam (elephant yam or the konjac yam). The word "shirataki" means "white waterfall", describing the appearance of these noodles. Largely composed of water and glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber, they have little flavor of their own. Traditional shirataki noodles have zero net carbohydrates, no food energy, and no gluten, and they are useful for those on low-carbohydrate diets.]
Now, when I was in the store I thought.. a-ha! I can have ramen again, guilt free (only 2 grams of carbs per serving). So I made it tonight with some organic veggie broth and some spices, and added in the noodles (they dont need to be cooked, just heated up) and... I have to say... it's really not that appetizing. I don't particularly remember LIKING these noodles (they also come in a tofu block-like form which is how I usually had them in Japan) and once again, not really digging this. I like the idea of it and thought it would turn out well, but I have to say this is kind of fail.
The reason is the texture of the 'noodles'... it really is gelatinous and when you're chewing them there is something.. just.. something not right, lol. I can't really explain it. I couldn't get through my bowl of it.
BUUUT... if you really miss ramen/other noodle dishes (works best with Asian style dishes) and just want to feel like you're eating a bowl of ramen, maybe you should give it a try. Maybe those more culinarily inclined (is that a word?) can make the broth taste better thus making the 'noodles' taste better? I don't know. Either way, it was kind of fun to try this even if I was a little dissappointed, haha.