I spent the afternoon with a new friend Maggie, who created Not a Sponge. She produced a product made of konjac, a natural material which you can use to wash and exfoliate your skin. Konjac was new to me, and then… she asked me if I’d like to try eating it! What? I was super intrigued and jumped at her invitation for a konjac noodle lunch!
When they say “only put things on your skin that you can eat,” Maggie’s taken it quite literally! Konjac is not only an amazing skin food, but after the lunch she served me, I can tell you it’s delicious too. I had to ask her to share the recipes with you!
Have you tried konjac noodles before? It looks like fresh noodles – and will take on whatever flavors you add to it. It’s super versatile and easy to cook – and – it’s also incredibly healthy for you too! Here’s why Maggie’s gone noodles for konjac:
Konjac is a super healthy root vegetable, indigenous to Asia. Due to Konjac’s prebiotic effect on the digestive system, there have been some serious studies to prove its benefit in helping to fight acne. Prebiotics should not be confused with probiotics, that are live bacteria in yogurt, other dairy products and pills. Prebiotics instead come from specialized plant fiber that helps nourish the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. The body itself does not digest these plant fibers; instead, the fibers act as a kind of ‘fertilizer’ to promote the growth of many of the good bacteria already in the digestive tract.
Konjac is great to keep you on track with your new year resolutions! It can replace pasta or rice – if not all, at least some of the time. Konjac is amazing because it not only has zero calories, it has dietary fibre and doesn’t spike the blood sugar levels like typical white processed carbohydrates do. In 2010, the European Food and Safety authority approved its benefits as part of a weight loss program. It’s filled with a load of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, Zinc, Protein, Folic Acid and Iron to keep you healthy and feeling great!
What do you think? Do you want to give Konjac a try? Maggie made us this scrummy Chicken Noodle dish and I’ll tell you – I felt really nourished and light, even after second helpings. Check out the recipe below.
Spicy Thai Chicken with Konjac Noodles
- 125 grams konjac noodles
- 1 Clove garlic (crushed)
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 fresh red Chilli (thinly sliced)
- 1 bunch broccoli
- 25 grams bean sprouts
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 200 grams chopped organic chicken
- 2 spring onions (sliced thinly)
- 1 stalk lemongrass (pale section finely chopped)
- 1 lime (to squeeze over food)
- finely crushed peanuts
- Lightly fry chicken in pan with a little olive oil until cooked.
- Add in crushed garlic, lemongrass, chilli and broccoli and toss through
- Add Gluten free soy sauce and konjac noodles toss well until combined.
- Remove pan from heat. Garnish with bean sprouts, sliced spring onions, and sprinkle crushed peanuts over the top.
- Squeeze a little lime over dish and serve.
Ingredients serve 2 people
Note: when you first open a packet of ‘wet’ konjac noodles, the scent may be a little earthy/fishy but once you have rinsed thoroughly under water before using there is no scent and they are ready for cooking.
12 responses to “Beauty Food – Konjac Noodles”
Hi ! Konjac noodles have had it’s days of glories by Dukan ;(
I’ve never tried them, but this recipe looks appetizing.
Thanks for the sharing, Aurore
Hi Aurore! Funny, I’ve never come across Dukan 🙂 Do try the recipe, no diet plan needed! :))
Yummy..!! This is a perfect recipe to impress my mother-in-law. I will definitely try to prepare it at home.
Hi Mellissa! Fantastic – let us know how it works out for you! I hope she likes it :)))
I was watching an episode of At Home With Venetia (alternate Tuesdays on NHK World) which featured a couple who grow konjac. It takes like 3 years to grow it!?! And the couple make konnyaku out of it and share it with others. New-found appreciation for konjac!
Wow three years! That does give you an added appreciation for your bowl of konjac noodles!
i’ve read good things about konjac noodles, where can you get it in Singapore?
i couldnt see my comment, so i’m sorry if you get this twice. but i just have to know, where can you get konjac noodle in Singapore?
Maggie, who shared this recipe, mentioned that she bought it at a local supermarket. We’re based in Singapore, I’m not sure if you are in Singapore too, but I’ll ask her specifically which shop and include it in the post!
Where can I get konjac noodles in Singapore? Thank you.
I managed to find them in Cold Storage, normally the chiller shelves where they also display miso and pasteurised eggs.
Hello i was wondering where you get your noodles from and how much it costs? I normally see the “soaked-in-water” pack which is ard 200gm for $2.20, which to me is kind of costly. any alternatives anyone?