The last time I visited my favorite Ann Arbor Japanese grocery a display of pretty green and white packages of noodles caught my attention. The packages showed colorful vegetables and curly green noodles. “Deliciously Chewy!” proclaimed the top line, and near the bottom, “Ready in 2-3 minutes.” The noodles are made with leaves of the moroheiya plant, making them a “great source of fibers & vitamin A.” Unlike most instant noodles, these are not fried nor do they have added MSG.
Mr. Tess and Little Tess were home for lunch, and hungry. Usually lunch is a matter of foraging in the fridge, pantry, and breadbox but I was curious about these noodles. I added a lovely tomato, a half package of soft tofu, wakame, and sliced green onions to the soup. Verdict: I would never crave these noodles, though the others really enjoyed them. We all found the shiitake broth salty so I’d suggest not adding the whole packet. We didn’t use the soy sauce either. Overall, these are a nice pantry staple for lunch or a snack.
Read more about these green noodles on the company website.
From a note on the package: Mr. Sho Oga was a typical employee working for a company in Japan which produced health supplements. One day he had an inspiration to create a healthy food that was not only nutritious but enjoyable tasty and easy to prepare. His goal was to find a simple and effortless way for people of all ages to eat healthy. This lead to the wonderful creation of the Moroheiya noodles.
Morohelya is a highly nutritious vegetable that was prized by the Egyptians for its health and beauty benefits.
Moroheiya also known as mulukhiya or mallow leaf (Corchuros in Lat.)
Corchorus is a genus of about 40-100 species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. Different common names are used in different contexts, with jute applying to the fiber produced from the plant, and mallow-leaves for the leaves used as a vegetable.
The plants are tall, usually annual herbs, reaching a height of 2-4 m, unbranched or with only a few side branches. The leaves are alternate, simple, lanceolate, 5-15 cm long, with an acuminate tip and a finely serrated or lobed margin. The flowers are small (2-3 cm diameter) and yellow, with five petals; the fruit is a many-seeded capsule. It thrives almost anywhere, and can be grown year-round.