Is it still good to eat without the wheat?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2011, 12:00am


Mrs Leeper's Corn Rotelli

HK$38 for 340 grams, Nature's Village (Lyndhurst Terrace)

These complemented the corn, beans and tuna in my cold pasta salad well, although they were pretty tasteless on their own. Tricky to cook, however, as it turns from hard to mushy very quickly. But get the timing right and its texture is firm and doesn't get all gluey.

Verdict: Good, but I wouldn't give regular pasta up for this.

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta Shells

HK$29 for 227 grams, Nature's Village (Lyndhurst Terrace)

This is made with a blend of corn and quinoa, the ancient grain of the Incan empire recognised by the UN as a nutritional powerhouse. Cooked as directed on the package, the pasta comes out a bit hard and chewy. It also doesn't keep well, so try not to leave any leftovers.

Verdict: Bland on its own, but soaks up flavours well.

Tinkyada Organic Brown Rice Pasta Spirals

HK$46 for 340 grams, City'super

Gluten-free pasta can be mushy, slimy and mealy. But as the package promised, this was a 'delightful eating experience'. Cooked for 10 minutes - rather than the recommended 16 - it is al dente and tastes great.

Verdict: You won't be able to tell it's not your regular wheat pasta.