Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
I was going through my grocery the other day and was happily surprised to find in the Asian foods section a type of noodle called shirataki. I was very happy with they because my father is on a low carb diet and is missing pasta terribly, and these long white noodles only had 1.5 carbs in 1 serving. So, I bought two water patched bags of noodles, some hoisin, and sesame oil, and just let my mind go. Here is what I came up with.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs pork chops, sliced into thin strips
- 1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
- 1⁄2 medium onion, sliced into strips
- 2 (7 ounce) bags shirataki noodles
- In a medium bowl, place the first 8 ingredients, and toss them to combined.
- Let it marinade for 4-5 hours, or over night, tossing every few hours.
- Heat a little more sesame oil in a large wok or skillet.
- Take the pork out of the marinade, shake off excess marinade, and stir fry in the wok or skillet; season with salt and pepper.
- Add the corn starch to the marinade and whisk to dissolve.
- Add the peppers and onions when the pork is fully cooked and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
- Add the noodles and marinade, and bring to a boil to thicken sauce.
We really enjoyed this! However I am obliged to add the caveat: I'm apparently incapable of following a recipe to its instructions. So this is what I did: halved the recipe and made with ground turkey instead of pork. Mixed quarter recipe of marinade and turkey well, added a bit of panko and wasabi to mixture, and let sit overnight. Parboiled shirataki for 3 mins as instructed on package while the turkey mixture cooked in the wok. Added other half of marinade mixture (with corn starch) to wok along with assorted veggies, followed by noodles and a few dashes of crushed red pepper. As this was also my first time using these noodles I wasn't sure what to expect, turns out DH never suspected he was eating turkey OR tofu. YES!!!!! It's a winner!
I haven't made this yet, so I cannot comment on the flavor, but I just wanted to add that you could easily cut out 3g carbs per serving without affecting flavor by replacing the corn starch with Konjaku, guar, or xanthan powder (all-fiber thickeners so effectively zero net carbs). You could further reduce the carb count by 4.3g/serving by replacing the honey with stevia or truvia, but that would affect the flavor, and I don't know how much, but for those on very low carb diets these 2 changes can help get this meal down to only 8.5 carbs/serving--almost half the original!
This was the first time I've ever cooked shirataki. It was wonderful! I didn't feel like waiting for the meat to marinate so I used ground pork and made the sauce while cooking the meat. I used 3 TB Korean red pepper and half as much honey (I like spicy food). I also added matchstick celery for crunch. Great recipe! I'll definitely make this again.