7/30/17

My review of the Shirataki Noodle: Pasta Zero - a great product for gluten free & low carb living or no?

This post is not sponsored and I bought the product myself for my personal use.

Over the past few years I've often seen, heard about, read about and saw a family member using versions of the Shirataki Noodle in place of regular high-carb pasta.  I was always curious but I never wanted to try it because the one thing I heard over and over again was how 'fishy' it smelled and tasted.

I decided to try them this past week as I had read the Nasoya brand was not as 'fishy' as the other 'easy to find' popular brands.  It has 4 carbs per serving (verses the average 40 in regular pasta) and zero sugar.

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These are Shirataki noodles by Nasoya and they make a variety of Asian foods;

  • Tofu
  • TofuPlus
  • TofuBaked
  • Asian Style Wraps
  • Asian Style Noodles
  • Dumplings
  • Pasta Zero

The ingredients are: Water, konjac flour, chickpea flour, potato starch, calcium hydroxide, reduced iron, folic acid

They are:
  • Fortified with iron
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan

About this item

This product information is provided by the manufacturer.

See our low-calorie, low-carb pasta, fortified with iron.Shirataki, or "white waterfall" pasta has been enjoyed as a health food in Asia for over 1000 years. Made from the root of the konjac plant (sometimes called a Konnyaku potato), shirataki is composed of soluble fiber (glucomannan) which provides a slightly firmer texture than wheat pasta and significantly less calories and carbohydrates. Dieters also tout that shirataki pasta helps to keep you feeling full longer. Pasta Zero has 15 calories and 4g carbs per serving; regular pasta has 220 calories and 43g carbs per serving.

Ingredients: Water, Konjac Flour, Chickpea Flour, Potato Starch, Calcium Hydroxide, Reduced Iron.




The instructions on the package:

Preparation Tips: Shirataki pasta is neutral in flavor so they can be paired with any of your favorite sauces. When first opened, shirataki has a mild earthy smell that is eliminated with draining and rinsing. Shirataki pasta is ready-to-eat after draining and rinsing.Microwave for 12 minutes. Preparation Tips: Shirataki pasta is neutral in flavor so they can be paired with any of your favorite sauces. When first opened, shirataki has a mild earthy smell that is eliminated with draining and rinsing. Shirataki pasta is ready-to-eat after draining and rinsing.To enjoy hot, par boil for 2 minutes. Preparation Tips: Shirataki pasta is neutral in flavor so they can be paired with any of your favorite sauces. When first opened, shirataki has a mild earthy smell that is eliminated with draining and rinsing. Shirataki pasta is ready-to-eat after draining and rinsing.Pan fry in a dry skillet.

What did I think?

Opening the package, I could detect a very faint 'earthy' smell; I could see how some might call it fishy but it really wasn't. A can of tuna is fishy; this is more of a faint earthy, dirt, fish smell but only if you are trying to put words to the aroma.  It's faint.

I opened, poured the package of noodles and liquid into a colander, draining off the liquid and then rinsed it under water for about a full minute. I put a pan of water on the stove, and as soon as the water was ready to boil I put the noodles into it, and about two or three minutes later, just as it was coming to a boil again, I poured them into the colander over the sink to drain, rinsed with hot water again and then put them back in the pan 'dry' and placed it on the stove.  I grabbed a noodle 'plain' to test taste and texture. (No taste and a snap/bite texture), I then added my other ingredients (which were ingredients to make tuna noodle casserole); heated through and ate.

For someone who regularly is eating pasta and is expecting this to be just like a wheat pasta; you probably won't like it in any dish that is not actually an Asian recipe/entree.  Many reviewers online had got this product for 'free' to test and being regular pasta eaters, they did not like the texture.  It has almost NO taste and it picks up the flavor of whatever sauces or seasonings you use.  I saw overwhelmingly that 'regular wheat pasta eaters' were not happy with it being an equal replacement to their regular noodles.

But that is not what I was expecting.

As someone who has done modified Atkins low carb since 2002 (?) and eats very little pasta, I was looking for a 'sometimes' pasta replacement as well as a pasta idea to use in my homemade Chinese foods like beef and broccoli, lomein, etc.

And I will say this;  I am perfectly happy with this product as a replacement for high carb noodles in some dishes.

I made tuna and noodles with one of the packages (I bought two) because that is what I had been craving for about 2 months now but just couldn't get myself to make it with high carb pastas.   

The texture has a bit of a "SNAP" crunch to it; similar to pasta done 'al dente' but just a bit more bite to it.  Like your wheat pasta is just a tiny bit underdone.

Although I had read another brand of shirataki noodles were causing bloating, stomach upset and digestive issues; I did not experience any of these with this product.  I'm going to 'guess' it's because this brand name does something different in their processes to lower that reaction and perhaps because I not only rinsed it very well, but also par boiled the noodles for 2-3 minutes and rinsed again after that.


They make 3 styles and I was able to find two of them in my local grocery store.  For this post I checked my Amazon affiliate links to see if they were available through Amazon. At the time of this post, I found one seller for them; they sell them by the case (12 packages).

Pasta Zero Spaghetti

Pasta Zero Fettuccine- (Nasoya Light Zero Shirataki Fettuccine Pasta, 8 Ounce -- 12 per case.)

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