Yet for people who are constantly seeking alternatives to white or whole wheat pastas (you can put me in this category), a mung bean product is intriguing.
I’ve eaten plenty of non-traditional pastas, such as brown rice, spelt, vegetable, and quinoa, but I cannot recall ever eating a pasta made strictly from beans.
And organic mung beans nonetheless, one of my favorite beans.
When you’ve eaten pasta your entire life, you come to expect a certain taste and texture, even if it is brown rice or quinoa pasta.
However, the gluten-free, organic mung bean pasta by Explore Asian threw me for a loop for several reasons.
1) It was much more chewy than I had expected. The pasta did not melt or easily breakdown in my mouth.
2) It was much more filling than I had expected. I didn’t need to eat much at all before I was full.
However, I continued eating once I was full because I was just not used to eating a 1/2 bowl of pasta. I’m accustomed to eating an entire bowl of pasta and wanting more.
3) I am not sure why but it had a “cheesy” taste to it.
The only two ingredients are organic green mung beans and spring water from a remote part of Northern China. So, I can’t explain why I had this reaction but I did.
I truly appreciate the innovation of this product and like the fact that there is another gluten-free, organic pasta product on the market. Additionally, I love that the company is using mung beans.
For people who are accustomed to and prefer the taste of a grain pasta (wheat, rice, quinoa, etc..), this would not be for them.
However, for those individuals who are looking for something different out of a pasta, want to incorporate more beans in their diets and want to eat a protein-rich meal in less than 10 minutes cooking time, this product is definitely worth a try.
Explore Asian organic mung bean fettuchini can be purchased online by clicking HERE.