The infomercial for shirataki noodles had finished and I was curious. I had not heard of shirataki noodles before but I was interested to try them – especially considering that they can be basically mixed with anything, any kind of flavor and taste good as they don’t have a flavor of their own.
I wondered where I could buy them, the ad hadn’t mentioned that so I asked my secretary June at work whether she had heard of them and if she knew where I could buy them. June had heard of them and had tried them on a number of occasions, she said that they are usually from Japan and her Japanese neighbors had introduced them to her. She now cooked them herself because shirataki noodles not only taste good but also have no calories and she was always watching her waistline. June bought them from a supermarket near her and told me that they are fairly common in the shops now and I should find them easily in the deli section at the larger supermarkets.
I decided that I wanted to cook shirataki noodles for dinner that night, I live by myself and was always looking for quick and easy meals but preferably healthier ones, not junk food. After work I caught the bus home and stopped at the supermarket near my apartment. I found the shirataki noodles easily in the deli section and bought some fresh vegetables and spices, including soy sauce, to add to them.
After I arrived home I set right to work cooking my mouth watered in anticipation. I looked at the packet of shirataki noodles, according to the instructions they are already cooked and just need to be rinsed and heated up – how easy is that? Okay so what did I need, a pot for boiling the noodles and a frypan to cook the other ingredients. I placed the water on the stove to boil, heated a small amount of oil in the frypan and chopped up my ingredients. Onion, fresh garlic, ginger, red capsicum, green beans carrot and a skinless chicken breast were now ready to be added to the frypan.
First the onion, garlic and ginger with a splash of soy sauce into the pan. Then the chicken as it would take a bit longer to cook and I added the rinsed shirataki noodles to the pot of boiling water to heat up. When the chicken started to brown and was almost cooked I added the rest of the ingredients and added a lid to keep in the heat. I drained the pot of shirataki noodles and left them in the colander on the side ready to be added to the frypan.
It all smelt delicious when I raised the lid on the frypan and added the shirataki noodles and stirred them in with the sizzling chicken and vegetables. I served a couple of heaped spoonfuls onto my plate and with a beer I settled down in front of the television to watch the evening news while I enjoyed my shirataki noodles. And boy did they taste good I polished off the plate in no time and enjoyed that wonderful full feeling you get after you have eaten a tasty meal. There were a lot of shirataki noodles left over, I had cooked up enough to feed five people so I scooped them into a plastic container to share with my colleagues at work the next day.
I heated up the noodles for everyone the next day, June, obviously smelling the aroma from the delicious shirataki noodles popped her head around the kitchen door and offered to go next door to the bakery for a loaf of crusty bread to eat with our shirataki noodles. A moment later the shirataki noodles were ready and June was back with a still warm from the oven loaf of crusty bread. She helped me dish up the food, it was a surprise for our workmates and then sent a text to them all to meet is in the kitchen asap.
Dave, Jodie, Mac and Peter were all there in minutes with big smiles on their faces when they realised that we had prepared food for them all. The shirataki noodles were a hit with them as well and by the end of that meal there were four more converts to the yummy taste of shirataki noodles.