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This is a redux of my March 8, 2013 post. I repost it because I made a new Video Vegan 90-second video of the process to make it. This pho only takes as long as it takes to heat the water. Check it out here:
OK – I fibbed a bit in the title of this post. This soup actually has less than 5 grams of carbohydrates & 85 calories. Still – it is a huge 3 cup bowl of spicy, awesome soup that is as close to guilt free as a bunch of celery and way more satisfying. Look at the shirataki packaging:
It is ridiculous to suggest (as the package states) that this is a 2.5 serving package. I ate two of these in my bowl of soup – so – I guess I had 5 servings, hence the 5 grams of carbs. Still – zero calories!!
The calories came from a 30 calorie vegetarian bouillon cube, a 5 calorie TBS of sriracha & a 30 calorie TBS of vegetarian hoisin.
These noodles are a kind of miracle but be forewarned – they are packaged in a stinky water that smells very funky & fishy. I drained my noodles, washed them in water & let them soak in clean water while I went to the gym. I came back & sniffed & found them still rather distasteful in the olfactory department. I read that boiling them removes the aroma – so – I made this soup. It was done in the time it took the water to warm just to boiling & there were ZERO funkified elements in the completed pho. Had there been any lingering fishiness, the sriracha & hoisin would have overpowered it. But, sincerely, there was nothing yucky about the finished product. I am going to have to learn to get very creative with these because I just cannot pass up the opportunity of 85 calorie meals that feel like they are pasta-based.
Zero-Carb & Zero-Calorie Vegan Shirataki Pho
2 7 oz packages of shirataki noodles (I prefer the tofu ones to the yam ones)
2 cups stock (I used water & a veggie bouillon cube)
1 TBS hoisin sauce (or to taste)
1 TBS sriracha sauce (or to taste)
fresh chopped cilantro (or basil or mint)
Drain & rinse the shirataki in hot water. Put all the ingredients in a pot & bring just to a boil – making sure your bouillon is dissolved. Add more fresh cilantro. Shove it in your face like a glutton & imagine your ass shrinking until it looks like this
(image stolen from the internet)