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Jan 11, 2008 07:51 AM

Shirataki Noodles in Calgary/Edmonton

Hi everyone! I am trying to find some Shirataki noodles in either Calgary or Edmonton. Any ideas of who carries them?

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  1. T&T usually has a decent amount of Japanese products - have you tried them?

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    1. re: anonymoose

      I did, but no luck. I was really surprised actually.

      1. re: Ellie99

        I wasn't able to find them at T&T either. I am always on the lookout for them, so I will let you know if I have any success.

      2. re: anonymoose

        Shirataki Pasta - packaged as Miracle Noodle can be found in Calgary Ab, in Brentwood Mall at the Diabetic Depot.

        1. re: debbieo41

          This is a really old thread, they are so common that Safeway carries them now.

      3. I found shirataki sheets...kind of spongy things....at the Korean/Japanese market opposite Northland Village. The texture was awful. I wasn't sure if it was just the format.
        They were in the refrigerator section.

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        1. re: sharonanne

          hehe those are the traditional ones.... I assumed that the OP was looking for the modified ones made from tofu as well which are receiving a lot of hype in the "diet" world. my husband likes them, but not the traditional ones. I even tried to pressure cook the darn thingd and they remained as lethal as rubber bullets.

          1. re: alex8alot

            Yeah, I knew they weren't what was wanted but it was the closest I ever found though, can't say I looked everywhere. I also looked at the Country Hills T&T and was suprised not to find them. My son has a Japanese word for that format. Mine would be "yuk"

            1. re: sharonanne

              lol. My husband has two words for it: "hell no". This was in response to my suggestion to give it another try, so the other package remains in the fridge, all forlorn. I was also surprised that they don't carry it here... they are everywhere in the US.

            2. re: alex8alot

              Yes, you're right, I am looking for the Tofu Shirataki noodles. The thought of 20 calories for an entire package of pasta sounds irresistable. I heard that if you cook them right, they are not too rubbery and simply take on the taste of whatever you're cooking them with.

              1. re: alex8alot

                The most interesting form of shirataki is these thin white noodles bound into little bundles that look a bit like shell-on-shrimp. They don't soften at all when cooked, so taste like edible bundles of rubber bands. They are a good texture contrast in Japanese style hot pots like Oden.


                1. re: paulj

                  I'm use to this form (wasn't sure what you guys were referring to before this post). We usually use it when we do hot pot. Not a big fan, but alright with sauce.

                  1. re: Chingyul

                    Is there a place you buy them here?

                    1. re: Ellie99

                      they do sell this kind at T&T, in the refrigerated section near the tofu, I believe. But just in case you haven;t triedthem, they are the "pure" kind ,and therefore kind of rubbery. Not the ones as featured in this thread: http://www.hungry-girl.com/chew/chewd... (the only picture I could find of them on google)

                      1. re: alex8alot

                        Yep I think they're usually over by the tofu. I seem to remember them only being available in small packages though, so if you're doing a full meal you might need a lot of them.

                        Interestingly, I also did a search and found this article which talks about the real stuff (and also mentions the tofu kind which, according to the blogger, is apparently is slightly higher in calories). http://www.justhungry.com/2007/01/kon...

                        1. re: alex8alot

                          This House Foods page shows the range of 'yam' flour products on the market
                          In a solid block it is called 'konnyaku' or yam cake, in threads 'shirataki' or yam noodle, and with tofu, 'tofu shirataki' or noodle substitute. The traditional form is like a very stiff jello with no flavor of its own.
                          According to the wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiratak...
                          the main component of this 'yam' is a water soluble fiber, glucomannan (see its wiki entry as well).

                          1. re: paulj

                            thanks for help with decoding all the japanese words. Something that frustrates me is the loose or absent translation on the asian products at the store (and I am with you on the baking spray with flour thing ;)

                            1. re: alex8alot

                              I've seen konnyaku (the block form) translated as 'devil's tongue jelly'.

                              Shirataki apparently means 'white waterfall'. It is a traditional ingredient in sukiyaki.

                              The unrefined color is a dark brown speckled one. Refined is white.

                              There's another Japanese noodle, Harusame ('spring rain'), which also is translucent. I suspect it is similar to the Chinese cellophane noodles (mung bean), though the Japanese usually use other starches. It is thinner, and more fragile. It is sold in a dry form, where as shirataki (in its various forms) is sold immersed in water.


              2. Found shirataki noodles today at the Country Hills T&T. They also had the little bundle kind. They were both in the refrigerated section near the eggs and yogurt.

                The noodles are labelled Shirakiku brand Yam Noodle (shirataki white) 198 g (7 oz) was just over $2.

                They are made in the US of water, yam flour and calcium hydroxide.

                Although they also had the unrefined kind I didn't see any made of a combination of tofu and "yam."

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                1. re: sharonanne

                  Did you end up purchasing them?

                  What did they taste like? I am looking into getting them actually, but kind of worried about the taste. But then again, I like vermicelli noodles that are plain on its own, so I am hoping it won't be too bad for these noodles.

                  1. re: shdiep

                    I did buy them but never got around to eating them so can't say.

                2. Try Lucky 97 Supermarket in Edmonton, they r at the back of the very left corner of the store.
                  Good Luck

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