Hot and Sour Shirataki Noodles

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while: I haven’t cooked much. Mark was in LA for nearly a week and Fortinbras came down to hang out with me, but we went out for Indian food and then I lived off those leftovers for a while. I’ve also been swimming every night after work and by the time I’m done, I’m so hungry I just eat whatever’s available. Last night, however, in order to atone for serving the very health-conscious Mark onion rings the night before, I made shirataki noodles, famed for having few (tofu shirataki) to no (traditional shirataki) calories. Whole Foods and Wegmans sell tofu shirataki noodles; you can also get “real” shirataki in Asian grocery stores. One package is generally considered one serving, but honestly they aren’t very filling so I used three packages for two servings.

Hot and Sour Shirataki Noodles

3 leaves cabbage, julienned
1/2 orange, yellow, or red bell pepper, chopped
1 small head broccoli, chopped into small florets
1/4 carrot, grated
1/2 cup snow peas
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 zucchini, cut into ribbons on spiral cutter
3 packages shirataki noodles
1 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsp cold water

For the sauce:
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp hot sesame oil
1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce
1″ piece ginger, minced or grated

Prepare all the veggies. I totally didn’t intend for them to all be orange and green. I generally like more colourful meals.

Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

Open the shirataki packages and pour contents into a colander to drain, then rinse with water. The package I had said this helps eliminate the “natural aroma”, and they did in fact smell a little funky.

Place the shirataki in a bowl and microwave for one minute; again this supposedly helps with the smell (which, by the way, isn’t that noticeable unless you put your nose pretty close to the noodles). I also nuked the broccoli for about 45 seconds to pre-cook it.

Heat a wok over medium high heat and then add a bit of peanut or other oil. When hot, add the cabbage.

Stir for about 30 seconds, then add the bell pepper …

… then 30 seconds later, the broccoli and 30 seconds after that the snow peas, stir-frying continuously.

Next add the carrots …

… then the tomatoes.

Add the noodles and zucchini ribbons and stir well.

Pour in the sauce then push the noodles aside.

Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.

Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and stir well to thicken.

Add the scallions and stir everything well, allowing the sauce to thicken and coat the noodles.

Serve immediately.

The verdict on this was I didn’t allow the sauce to thicken up enough and it never coated the noodles very well, resulting in rather bland noodles, which is too bad because the sauce was quite flavourful. Also, Mark was hungry about 15 minutes after eating and had to have a cookie for dessert to help fill up. Therefore I’m not sure if calorie-free noodles are really any better than regular noodles: if they don’t fill you up and you end up snacking on other stuff, what’s the point? However, it’s a quick and easy meal and Mark’s always excited when I use shirataki because he thinks it’s very healthy. They filled me up well enough, or maybe the wine helped with that. Next time I’m going to try harder to get flavour into them, though.


  1. Jes Said,

    August 30, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    They look good at least! I’ve always wanted to play around with shirataki but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe soon.

  2. Courtney Said,

    August 30, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    It sounds delish! Sorry the flavor didn’t get into the noodles…the sauce does sound really good–I am going to have to try it soon!

    Do you have a spiralizer (for the zucchini)? I really really want one! Do you like yours? What brand is it, if you don’t mind me asking?

    It is great to see you posting again 🙂


  3. renae Said,

    August 30, 2009 @ 4:07 pm


    I have the Benriner Spiral Slicer. You can actually see it in the background of the ingredients photo in this post, and there’s a shot of it in action in this post.

  4. Erin Said,

    August 31, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    I’ve always been curious about shirataki noodles but haven’t tried them yet – this looks like a tasty way to start!

  5. Courtney Said,

    August 31, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

    Thanks so much, Renae! Are you pleased with the brand/model you have? Would you recommend that one?

    Thanks again!

  6. renae Said,

    September 1, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    Courtney, the brand I have is fine, although it does seem a bit expensive for what it is. The only problem I have with it is when I do zucchini on it like, some of the soft part around the seeds gets caught on the blade and it’s difficult to remove it without cutting yourself. I’ve never used another brand to compare it to, so I’m not sure if the cheaper ones are any better or worse than this one, but if I were you I’d at least look into some of the less expensive ones; I imagine at least some of them are just as good.

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