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March, 2019

What’s In Store

These Are Not Your Everyday Noodles

Don’t know how konjac noodles can benefit your health? Think you know so-many noodles, but never heard of somen? Hey – mee too!

It doesn’t really make much culinary sense to go venturing off the regular wan tan mee – spaghetti – mee maggi path. But every once in a while, we discover a new way of enjoying our favourite dishes by substituting them with healthier, and sometimes tastier ingredients! A common example would be brown rice for white rice – it tastes way better (to some people) in eg. fried rice, and diners get to enjoy its fibre-rich & heart-healthy benefits.

And because our B.I.G. Noodle Fair is in town, we’d like to educate you on some lesser-known noodles that we’ve come to love. They may take some getting used to, but you may just find that your homemade Pad Thai tastes way better with shirataki noodles instead of rice noodles. As the beancurd says, belum cuba belum tauhu (don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it).

Grain Noodles

1. Hakubaku Cha Soba

Hakubaku are leading suppliers of organic noodles based in Australia. Their Cha Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, wheat flour, and green tea leaves. Soba noodles introduced the concept of cold noodles to many around the world, and are good enough to be enjoyed on its own.
We enjoy ours with a traditional dipping sauce, wasabi, and seaweed sprinkled on top – delicious and healthy in one slurp.

2. Hakubaku Somen 

Somen is a thin, vermicelli-like noodle that cooks quickly and easily, served cold with dipping sauce just like soba. Somen has a slightly hard, chewy-texture that happens to be our favourite thing about it – great for those who prefer a little crunch in their bite.

3. BiOFAIR Organic Rice Quinoa

Spaghetti Quinoa contains beneficial fibre and protein, making this spaghetti a great alternative to be used in your favourite pastas. BIOFAIR Spaghetti is made from purely organic, ethically-sourced ingredients and is gluten-free – talk about guilt-free eating.

 

Plant-based Noodles

1. Ishibashiya Konnyakumen (Konjac Noodle)

Japanese konjac specialists Ishibashiya proudly espouse a specialised method of kneading and molding the konjac, called Bata-neri. Requiring a skilled master-chef and a particular type of machine, the resulting konjac noodles are of the finest quality.

Also known as shirataki noodles, konjac noodles have zero calories and come from glucomannan starch, which in turn comes from the corm of the konjac plant. What, whut, and whuut? There’s a lot more info on konjac here, but you may be more familiar with this plant than you think – the corm is also used to make yam cakes.

It’s super-healthy, gluten-free noodle substitute, so enjoy them as you wish!

2. Lohas Organic Turmeric Ramen

Malaysian-based supplier of quality organic products brings us turmeric ramen, a healthier ramen alternative with anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is loaded with additional benefits for brain health, eye health and many others, so you may want to get familiar with cooking your ramen using these bad boys.

 

 

3. Cottage Farm Spinach Organic Noodle

These deliciously healthy noodles made in Malaysia are quick and easy to prepare. Made from organic wheat flour and spinach, fire-up a healthy stir-fry within minutes or boil them in a soup. They are also a popular choice for pasta substitutes, along with zucchini noodles.

4. Mewah Organic Broccoli Ramen
As guilt-free as they come, Mewah has finally found a way to ensure we eat our broccoli without a fuss. Though power-packed with nutrients, not everyone does well with broccoli so we’re thankful that you can ramen-your-way into enjoying its health benefits.

 

5. Country Farm Organic Curly Kelp Noodles & Radiant Organic Kelp (Kombu) Noodle

Kelp is a nutrient-rich seaweed found mostly off the coasts of Japan and Korea. Both these brands use unbleached organic flour and kelp powder to make these healthy noodle substitutes. Kelp-yourself to servings of hot soups and pasta – they taste great in pesto sauce!

 

Try these noodle varieties for a change on your next noodle stock-up! Though most of them may be completely new to you, we guarantee you’ll find them as slurp-worthy as any other. Head over to Ben’s Independent Grocer for the B.I.G. Noodle Fair (21st – 31st March) where we’ve got oodles of noodles for the taking.

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