Okay, let me first state that Shirataki noodles (yam starch noodles) by itself will never win any taste awards. But the mere fact that it has zero calories, fills me up, and is great for meal prepping(it doesn’t expand or need to be reheated as it comes ready to eat right out of the bag) made me realize that I cannot write this tasteless, slippery, gelatinous noodles off. After much experimentation, I have finally concocted a sauce that makes Shirataki noodles taste magnificent. I call it my magic sauce.
Created especially to make Shirataki noodles tasty, I love the sauce so much that I now douse it on most things when I don’t care about the calorie count. The base of my magic sauce is Lao Gan Ma Spicy Three Mixed, which Amazon has on sale for $10.45. Expensive, yes but worth it. Lao Gan Ma produces many different spicy sauces but I like Spicy Three Mixed the best because in addition to its unique spicy flavor it has whole peanuts, crunchy tofu bits, and pickled radishes.
If you are a fan of Siracha, you will love Lao Gan Ma Spicy Three Mixed. Note: Lao Gan Ma has a lot more calories than Siracha but mixed with Shirataki noodles it won’t matter because Shirataki noodles has zero calories. Since discovering Lao Gan Ma in 2014, I have been buying a jar every other month. I know, this is a mostly healthy eating blog, but I want to present the truth. The truth is I only can manage to eat healthy 75% of the time.
14 oz Shirataki Noodles | $2.39
Magic Sauce (Spicy)
1 tbsp peanut butter | $0.15
1/2 tbsp Lao Gan Ma Spicy Three Mixed | $0.30
1/2 tbsp soy sauce | $0.02
1/2 tbsp sugar | $0.03
1/2 tbsp vinegar | $0.08
1/2 tbsp cilantro (optional)
1/4 tbsp green onion (optional)
Total: $2.97 | 1 serving | $2.97 per serving
STEP BY STEP PHOTOS
First, a word about our cast of characters. I use Marukan vinegar but regular vinegar works just as well. Also note that the calorie count is an approximate for this recipe as MPF does not have this particular Lao Gan Ma Spicy Three Mixed in their system.
Soak the noodles in cold water. Shirataki noodles have an off-putting smell, not exactly funky but just a little…different. Soaking them in cold water removes 90% of the odor.
To completely remove the 10% of odor that remains, boil the noodles in hot water for 3 minutes.
Next, chop the Shirataki noodles into three sections. Each noodle is about 15 inches long and will make mixing and chewing very difficult. You can chop them into longer or shorter sections, depending on your preference.
Now it’s time for my magic sauce! In a bowl, mix the Lao Gan Ma, peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar together.
It all comes down to this rich fiery sauce that is perfect complement to the zero taste zero calorie Shirataki noodles.
Pour over the noodles and enjoy it plain or with your favorite protein added on! I know I did. Honestly, Lao Gan Ma should pay me to be their brand ambassador for how many people I got into their sauces. I like to pair Shirataki noodles with this organic Matcha green tea to alleviate the spice.