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Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodles Salad with Shrimp)

Yum Woon Sen
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Summer in the US can be scorching hot, which can potentially strip your healthy appetite even though you’re hungry. In times like this, I like to make refreshing and light salads when I am not in the mood to have something heavy. Thai salads always fit the bill as the signature flavors of tart, spicy, sweet, and salty always set my mouth watering, for example: green papaya salad or som tam, and yum woon sen, cellophane noodles salad.

Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodle Salad with Shrimp)

Cellophane noodles, also known as glass noodles, mung bean noodles, tang hoon (in Malaysia & Singapore) are a type of Asian noodles made with mung beans. Unlike rice noodles, cellophane noodles have a smooth surface and mouth feel, springy in texture, and almost transparent (hence the name “glass” noodles) when cooked. Many of my favorite Thai dishes are made with this type of noodles, and one of them is yum woon sen.

While you can easily get an order of yum woon sen at any Thai restaurants, I find homemade version so much more appetizing. First of all, I can have as many shrimp as I want in the noodle salad; secondly, I love chilling the salad before serving. On warm summer days when the temperature is baking hot, try this yum woon sen recipe. I am sure you will love the refreshing good taste of this classic Thai salad. You can even make a big batch and serve as a side for your next BBQ party.

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14 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Lily

    What brand of mung bean noodles do you recommend? I see many of them in the Asian market and confused which one to get.

    • Ploi

      if you find either Kaset brand or Pine brand (in a red colour bag) they are great. The texture a lot chewier and it doesn’t break easily after you cook. Pine brand is my most favorite one but it’s very hard to find. Only in a selected Thai grocery but if you come across it, grab one and try it.

    • This Yum Woon Sen recipe is mildly spicy. If you like it less spicy, you can tone down on the garlic chili paste (I use the Rooster brand found in many Asian supermarkets).

  2. Jesse

    Hi, it was not mentioned how much cilantro and mint to use. How much would you recommend? Good job on the recipe by the way! This is perfect for hot summer days!

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