the weird fishy smelling water it comes in
This. I was freaked out, I almost didn't want to eat it! I am going to give it another go. I can see a pasta salad type thing. If I slather enough Italian dressing on it, I probably won't care how squishy it is.
yeah you have to rinse them really really well to get rid of that. It's gross.
Have you tried dry-roasting them first? I know that with regular shirataki noodles you can do that to make them more pasta-like.
dry roasting?! I need to try that out!