Saturday, 23 July 2011

Thai Glass Noodle Salad (YUM Woon Sen)

After all that spice, a cool refreshing salad is called for. I made som tum, a green papaya salad, at the cooking class, but thought to share this glass noodle salad instead, because the ingredients are a little less obscure and so, more re-creatable. I've done it slightly different from the Thai teacher, adjusted according to my own presumptuous interpretations of versions of this salad that I've had before and liked.

Thai Glass Noodle Salad (Yum Woon Sen)
serves 2
80g glass noodles (otherwise known as cellophane noodles, or mung bean threads)
3 shallots, thinly sliced
2-3 thai bird's eye chilli, chopped finely
handful of bean sprouts
1/2 a carrot, julienned
handful of Thai basil leaves/cilantro/ a mix (mint would be nice too)
1 tbsp dried shrimp

for dressing
1-2 tbsp fish sauce
1-2 tbsp unrefined cane/palm sugar
1-2 tbsp lime juice

1. Soak glass noodles in cold water for 5 min till soft. Now, let soak in boiling water for 1-2 min to cook it (I add the dried shrimps here too, so they soften a bit, and the noodles absorb a little of the seafood flavour). I also scald the vegetables so they don't taste that raw. Refresh all in cold water.
2. Meanwhile, combine ingredients for dressing. Adjust to taste! You might like it sweeter or tangier or saltier. I also like to add some of the shallots and chilli here to cut the sharpness and also flavour the dressing so the shallot-y spicy flavour can coat all the noodles better later.
3. Pour dressing over all the ingredients and toss.

This couldn't be simpler, but it definitely doesn't compromise on taste nor texture. You've got spicy, sweet, sour and salty, and the smooth slippery glass noodles against the fresh crunchy vegetables. And with the weather so hot (not just in Singapore. I've heard it's really hot in London too, and it's practically a heatwave in the US), whatever gives us all an excuse to not start the stove or oven is good. YUM woon sen (:


  1. Really really good! I love Thai food and eat them often in Hong Kong. Your glass noodle salad is worth trying, dear. Thanks for the post!
    I am your new follower now!

  2. That looks very yummy! :) LG Tina

  3. I bought some cellophane noodles last week and have been waiting for an excuse to use them. You've given it to me. Also, I am a huge fan of green papaya salad but have yet to find a place in DC to get the papaya.

  4. Thai salads really stimulates the mouth ay. I love the green papaya salads but I can never get one here in Welli. Your salad surely take the craving away until the next green papaya comes by.

  5. I love thai salads. Definitely agree, this one is perfect when it's hot.

  6. This looks simply divine and I will be making this soon!!!! Thanks for the inspiration x

  7. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog, am so pleased to have found yours, your recipes and photographs are beautiful and inspiring (and I love your food ethos!) It is freezing here at present but this salad is a good reminder that we will get some sun in about six months!

  8. Wow - absolutely stunning! The ingredients sound amazing and your pictures are stellar!

  9. This salad looks so good. I love playing with cellophane noodles. I can't wait to try this. I can't wait to go see more of your blog. :-)

  10. This sounds like an amazing noodle salad! The picture is just gorgeous as well!

  11. thanks!!

    stephen: hey guess what i just realised green papaya is really just unripe papaya, so it may not be that difficult to get hold of after all!

    dom and heather: thanks, i hope you really do make it, and let me know if it turns out well!

    km: thanks, esp happy about the food ethos part too, i like meeting pple with the same attitude towards food (: i'm sorry about the weather there haha, but yes, you will get sun in abt 6 mths time (when i'll be freezing in london)

  12. Mmmm I love these types of salad and yours looks beautiful! I'm following you to see more of what you cook :)

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