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  • nyy7 Jan 21, 2007 01:30 PM
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Anyone know of a Tofu Noodle product that has a hechseher?

They are the rage according to the current media , because they have no carbs and are a possible substitute for pasta that is very high in carbs?

Thanks,

Bruce in Belle Harbor

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  1. I am unaware of a kosher certified tofu noodle brand. A kosher certified soy pasta alternative to regular pasta can be found at the following website:
    http://www.earth-friendly.com/ndlabs....

    1. I've seen them in the supermarket, but never with a hechsher. I hear that it actually tastes like pasta, but I've never checked it out.

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      1. re: sharonlebewohl

        I only seen the Shirataki ones and they aren't kosher.

      2. Are we talking about noodles made of tofu, or noodles made of soy flour? I am going to assume soy flour, because I can't imagine how one could make a noodle out of tofu.
        Please straighten me out. p.j.

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        1. re: p.j.

          The shirataki and cousins are made from konnyaku with a bit of tofu added. They are very low in calories and have no carbs. They are like pasta if you squint a bit (or whatever the eating equivalent of squinting is...) but you will know you're not eating regular pasta.

          Tofu itself is sometimes shaped into long dried noodle-like strands but I haven't tried them.

          1. re: lora

            Thanks, Iora. Could you please explain what konnyaku is? I am not familiar with the term.

            1. re: p.j.

              Use the following link:
              http://www.shakespeare-w.com/english/...

              1. re: jeterfan

                Thanks, jeterfan & Iora. Interesting. It sounds as though the konnyaku potato is never used as a fresh vegetable, only dried and used to make "konnyaku", right? I take it that the jelly-like product is not imported to the U.S., and is not made here either.
                Thanks very much for the link--p.j.

                1. re: p.j.

                  http://www.konjacfoods.com

                  http://www.house-foods.com

                  http://www.earth-friendly.com/ndlabs....

                  1. re: skybridge

                    The only one of these three that appears to be kosher is the third (Natural Delicious). The second link (for Tofu Shirataki noodles) explicitly states that the product isn't certified kosher, and the website for the first doesn't discuss it at all.

                    1. re: GilaB

                      House Foods is now claiming on their web site that their shirataki is newly certified by the OU, though the symbol isn't on the packaging yet: http://www.house-foods.com/newsletter...

        2. I called House Foods, the company that makes the Shirataki noodles, several months ago. I asked them why, if the noodles were already vegan and so many of their other products were kosher-certified, couldn't they get a hashgacha for the Shiratakis. Apparently, they have looked into getting kosher certification and get lots of calls about it, but the noodles contain yam flour, and they cannot find a kosher-certified yam flour.

          1. I actually just found a link to some newly-kosher certified noodles called Miracle Noodles http://www.miraclenoodle.com/koshersh...

            1. Bought tofu Shirataki noodles last night in Fairway. Large OU on the front of the package.

              Haven't tried them yet, so I can't comment on the taste.

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              1. re: cheesecake17

                After you try them, please post a review. After reading Hungry Girl, I'm "plotzing" for a kosher version!

                1. re: DebbyT

                  I'll definitely post a review- my opinion and my husband's. I'm not sure what to make with them though...

              2. Anyone know if any of the kosher noodles mentioned above are in any of the 5 towns stores? Zero calories and zero carbs mean it will work on any of the diets that I (hopefully) will go on.

                Oh by the way, can anyone report if it tastes good?

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                1. re: MartyB

                  Try the following link:

                  http://www.miraclenoodle.com/kosher.html

                  1. re: moonlightgraham

                    The lure of a zero calorie zero carb pasta was too much to resist. I ordered the 20 package case with the monthly delivery option for another 20% off. If I don’t like it (oh, I hope not) then I can cancel. I have a co-worker that will share the delivery with me so if I don't like it I am only out 20 bucks. Well worth the gamble.

                    I will try the other option (if I can find where to buy it). So far neither Brachs, Gourmet Glatt nor Supersol are carrying any of these noodles

                    1. re: MartyB

                      I just got my shipment of 20 of the Miracle Noodle Pasta http://www.miraclenoodle.com/miracle-.... So far so good. I now have to taste it in some meaningful recipes rather than just adding Marinara sauce and ketchup but I was very anxious as to its edibility.

                      I purchased the 20 pack with recurring monthly shipment so it costs me $1.95/package for a 7 oz package. In the interim I tried the House Tofu Shirataki http://www.house-foods.com/Tofu/tofu_.... It is being carried by KeyFood at $1.99/7 oz package. Although it is 40 calories and 6 gram of carbs per package, vs. 0 cal 0 carb, it is still an excellent option since I can run out and pick it up locally and not have to wait for delivery.

                      My biggest problem is my daughter, at zero calories and zero carbs, she already took 4 packages so I will have to lay down the law of land. One package at dinner as a side dish or as a meaningful pasta meal, not as a nash.

                      1. re: MartyB

                        was it good? did it really taste like pasta?

                        haven't tried mine yet

                        1. re: cheesecake17

                          From what I've heard, there are two important points to having them taste OK - wash them really, really, really well before eating (a colander was suggested), and cook them in a sauce rather than adding sauce/cheese to them after cooking. Think Asian-style pasta dishes rather than Italian.

                          1. re: GilaB

                            I've used the Shirataki, washed it and added sauce and it's fine. It's not going to have the true pasta texture, but it works. Though, it's costly after a while.

                            1. re: whitewater

                              I picked some up at my local Mitsuwa the other day for $1.59 a package. Not a bad price (half of what my local supermarket charges).

                            2. re: GilaB

                              OK, so I've tried the newly-OU-certified House Foods Tofu Shirataki noodles in a stir-fry this evening. I washed the noodles for at least two minutes, swishing around in a colander; I let them drain while preparing other things, them microwaved them in a covered bowl for one minute, as I've seen recommended, to mitigate the fishy smell. This was not completely successful.

                              Meanwhile, I made a normal veggie stir fry (this iteration contained onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, shredded cabbage, and snow peas), and prepared a peanut sauce (one part natural peanut butter to about three parts warm water, plus a healthy splash of soy sauce, a little rice vinegar, and some more minced garlic and ginger). When the vegetables were just about cooked through, I added the shirataki, stirred everything around for a minute or so, then added the peanut sauce, stirred well, and served.

                              They weren't bad. They're a almost completely flavorless and a bit mushy, like overcooked regular pasta, but with more spring than their absolute blandness would otherwise imply. I wouldn't want to eat them as the main focus of a dish, or without a strong sauce, but as a contributor, they were fine. The fishy smell was not at all detectable in the finished product. Being that I'm not on a diet or restricting carbs, I'd prefer rice stick noodles, but if you do have these concerns, it's an OK substitute.

                              1. re: GilaB

                                Thanks- I was thinking to prepare it in the way you mentioned. Maybe it'll be tomorrow night's dinner. Thanks for the review!