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Feb 5, 2008 04:28 PM

ISO Shirataki Noodles

Hello fellow Chowhounds!

My poor husband has been put on a low-carb diet by his doctor and on his allowable foods list are shirataki noodles. I haven't been very successful in my search for them so far - can anyone help? Also is there a specific brand I should be looking for?


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  1. Hi Lily, check out this thread:

    I have definitely found them at PAT Central (on Bloor & Clinton), and have seen them at T&T in other Canadian cities. I'm afraid I can't remember which brand I bought... it was probably one of the mid-priced ones, good stuff.

    Good luck to your husband on his diet!

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    1. re: CuriousCat

      They definitely sell them at T&T. I have purchased some at both the Cherry Street and Warden locations in the past. They also sell them at Sanko on Queen West but they are usually slightly higher in price.

      1. re: professor plum

        Where in T&T at Cherry Street should I look? In the refrigerated section near the tofu perhaps?


        1. re: Lily80

          It is in the refrigerated section but I can't remember where. I think it was next to other Japanese imported foods. Checking where they put the tofu or fresh noodles would probably be a good idea.

          1. re: professor plum

            Got them at T&T on Cherry Street this weekend. 3 packs for $3.98. There was a lady doing samples by the dim sum counter. They are not refrigerated so I'd think they are probably in the noodle section usually.

            They only had the spaghetti kind. The lady looked at me like I was a bit nuts when I asked if they came in any other shapes.

            1. re: Mila

              Just an update on my end: I went to T&T on Cherry St on Saturday and found them - thanks everyone! Ended up buying the angel hair, spaghetti and fettuccine ones.

              If anyone's looking for them, they're in aisle #1, about 3/4 of the way down the aisle heading towards the fresh fish counter.

              1. re: Lily80

                Thanks for the details! I just heard about these noodles today and now I have a map to the nearest source. :)

                1. re: mazy

                  I saw them yesterday at Sanko on Queen Street for $0.79 a pack. Incredibly good price!

    2. go to the low carb grocery store at young and lawrence.., they have all the varieties and alot of things that will help on your diet

        1. re: piccola

          Whole Foods in Yorkville doesn't have it. (At least, they didn't last year.)

          1. re: CuriousCat

            They do have it this year, though--a few different varieties. Look in the case right beside the hot prepared food deli counter.

            1. re: Minnow

              That's great news, Whole Foods is a bit more convenient for me. Thanks!

              1. re: CuriousCat

                I've been buying them there for months now.

        2. little tokyo on augusta in kensington market! they have fettucine, angel hair, and spaghetti as tofu shirataki, and in another fridge they have the more traditional kind? i'm not sure what you call them, but they're a different color.. and come in different shapes.. they're all around $2

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          1. re: halugii

            Here's another thread on konjac:

            Shirataki (aka ito-konnyaku or 'thread konnyaku) is the one that looks like noodles, and I think the 'traditional kind' you are referring to are the one in blocks. Popular shapes are blocks (ita konnyaku), balls (tama konnyaku) and noodles (ito konnyaku or shirataki). Also, recently Japanese have come up with rice-grain shaped konnyaku which you can mix with regular rice at 1:2 or 1:1 ratio and cook like regular rice for people on low-carb diet.

            The difference in colour (assuming you saw greyish ones) comes from adding seaweed.

            The fish like smell of konnyaku or shirataki is due to the coagulant, and it can be reduced by pre-cooking the konnyaku in boiling water for a couple of minutes and straining. Some people will rub in salt before the boiling process. Also, when cooking konnyaku, you should tear konnyaku into desired size by hand (instead of cutting them with a knife) to increase surface area so that the broth seeps in well. If you are using them for stir-fry, then you should fry shirataki or konnyaku first to reduce water content, so that the finished stir-fry does not become watery and soggy.

          2. I find them at T&T, Whole Foods and at PAT (at Christie and Bloor). However, keep in mind that you will pay a lot more for them at Whole Foods. You will see that there are some that look more "Americanized", and say "Hungry Girl" recommended on the back. That's from the weight loss circles in the States. I have bought both those and the other types (the black kind, the green kind, the white kind) and there is no difference, except in price. The only thing is that the HungryGirl ones come in fettucine shape as well as spaghetti shape; it is my opinion that the fettucine shape is gross and the spaghetti shape is much better.

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            1. re: canadianbeaver

              Thanks for the tip about price. I agree that a wide shirataki noodle is too much to eat, the thinner noodles are much better.

              1. re: Pincus

                if you like the thinner noodles, the 'hungry girl' ones also come in angel hair. Its a new variety and I dont know who all carries it, but I know that the low carb grocery does