The other day I was reading Hungry Girl's site and in the olden days I've gotten some great tips from her books. On her website, her description of tofu shirataki pasta says: you'd never know they weren't the real thing. That seemed seemed like a fun challenge. Really, I wouldn't know it's not the real thing? Hmmm, I will see about that! I bought that brand that is officially Hungry-Girl endorsed to do my test. I also did some googling and prepared myself for the horrid aroma that would fill my kitchen as soon as I opened the bag of slippery noodles in liquid.
The directions on the bag of fake noodles say to rinse the noodles under running water then par-boil for 2-3 minutes or microwave for 1 minute and dry thoroughly to reduce the authentic aroma. Then serve as you would any noodles. Here's the thing, the authentic aroma is a dirty sock kept in a container of dying fish. If you really are a hungry girl and want to serve these noodles as you would serve noodles normally, washing and drying the authentic aroma out of your noodles and kitchen will kill your hunger. Just thinking about it is ruining the hunger I am going to have at dinner time, too.
Once the aroma was (mostly) gone, I tossed the noodles with butter, fresh basil and parsley, and Parmesan cheese. The noodles did taste like herbs with butter and Parmesan cheese, but that lingering aroma was still there and I sure did know they were not the real noodles. These noodles absorbed other flavors but have the same texture as shredded carrots boiled too long. If you close your eyes while you chew, you'd never know you were not eating boiled shredded carrots.
I have had better boiled carrots.
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