Presenting: unicorn noodles! These gorgeous colorful noodles need to artificial colors. All you need is noodles, purple cabbage, and lemon juice! It's like magic, but really: it's science. Purple cabbage has a pigment called anthocyanin, which changes color when it makes contact with something acidic. When you cook purple cabbage for a short time in some water, you’ll get a nice blue shade, cook it for a bit longer with a bit more purple cabbage will give you a nice purple shade. Now when you add something acidic (lemon or lime juice) to the blue colored noodles, the pigment from the purple cabbage will react and takes on a bright pink color.
Unicorn Noodles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- Rice noodles or glass noodles, use whatever amount you want to make
- Purple cabbage
- Juice of lemon or lime
- Start with a piece of purple cabbage. Add to a pot of water and cook for 5 minutes. The amount of cabbage you use for the water and the time you soak the noodles for will affect the vibrancy of the noodles.
- Turn off heat and add the noodles. Let soak for 5-10 minutes, depending on how deep you want the color to be. Soak for 5 minutes for a pastel blue color. Remove noodles and place in a bowl.
- Take a lime or lemon and squeeze some of the juice wherever you want it to be pink and watch the noodles change color in front of your own eyes.