I recently went on a diet, and while I could have pasta.. I'm not trying to cut out carbs, traditional pasta tends to really rack up the calories. Poking around I found mention of Shirataki noodles, which in my opinion can only be described as very similar to the noodle texture you get from a pack of "ramen" noodles. Which makes them excel at Asian inspired dishes.
The crazy thing about it, is a serving is just 15 calories. I can fill a whole bowl with noodles and be eating 30 calories.. the only other nutritional element is fiber! They are flavorless, and are able to pick up the flavor of sauces well. I think they are pretty swell given all of that, plus they come in a bag of water so there isn't any cooking time involved really. Just plop into a colander, rinse, drain, and toss them into your pan.
Has anyone else discovered these? If you haven't I think they are worth checking out. If not for yourself, maybe for people that you know that have special dietary needs. They are typically found in your grocer where they have soy products. These are not soy though, they are made from an Asian root called the "devils tongue yam"
If you have.. what are your favorite ways to use them? So far I have only used them twice and both times in a similar approach, kind of a stir fry. I feel they would be awesome in an actual ramen soup. I am curious how they might react to being pan fried in a little oil.