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Konjac Noodles Salad

Konjac Noodles Salad

KONJAC NOODLES

Konjac noodles (sometimes called Shirataki noodles) are translucent, thin, long, white, gelatinous noodles made from the root of the Kojac plant that grows in Japan and China, and are common in Asian Cuisine. The noodle contains lots of soluble fibre, called glucomannan and water. In fact, they are about 97% water and 3% soluble fiber (glucomannan). Glucomannan can absorb up to fifty times its weight in water.

Can help you to lose weight…

Because they are extremely low in carbohydrates, calories and fat, it is the perfect option for people who want to lose weight and aid their new year’s resolution. They are very easy to prepare and gluten free.

Konjac noodles are very filling, and their soluble fibre slows down the stomach emptying, so you stay full for a longer time on low calories. The noodles are generally tasteless and absorb the flavours of what they are cooked with.

However, they are “cooling” from a Chinese medicine point of view. Therefore, for people who have “cold stomach” or “weak spleen”  Konjac noodles can make their digestion weaker. For these people to eat Konjac noodles, simply add some minced ginger, which is warming and helps to improve the digestive function by neutralising the coldness.


Vietnamese Beef and Glass Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Beef and Glass Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Beef and Glass Noodle Salad is a summer recipe that combines cooling and pungent elements.

Summer is all about growth, lightness, expansion and creativity. Time to wake early in the morning and enjoy the sunshine. The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us.  It is the time to work, travel, play and be joyful.

Cooking methods for summer are quicker and lighter like sautéing, steaming or simmering. Increasing raw foods is encouraged during summer to help cool the body. A varied abundance of foods is available now and should be taken advantage of.

The addition of small amounts of spicy and pungent herbs to your food will bring the body-heat to the surface allowing the heat to be dispersed naturally.

  • Spicy/pungent herbs: fresh ginger, horseradish, black pepper, cayenne pepper, radish, spring onion and lemongrass

Hot beverages and warm showers are used to regulate body temperatures by inducing a sudden sweat to cool the body.  Coldness causes contraction, trapping heat and sweat within the body, and interferes with digestion.  Iced drinks and ice-creams are best avoided as they contract the stomach and stop digestion, so their consumption should be limited.

  • Cooling foods: salad greens, cucumbers, watermelon, apples, lemons, limes, sprouts (mung bean, alfalfa & soy) and tofu.  
  • Cooling drinks: chrysanthemum, mint, elder-flower, chamomile and green tea; fresh young coconut juice.