Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodles Salad with Shrimp)
June 17th, 2012 14 Comments

Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodles Salad with Shrimp)

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Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodle Salad with Shrimp)


Yum Woon Sen (Thai Noodle Salad with Shrimp) Recipe

Serves 2 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes


4 oz pre-soaked mung bean noodles (glass noodles, cellophane noodles)
8-12 medium-sized shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 small tomato, diced
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons roasted cashew nuts (or roasted peanuts), pounded

Dressing Ingredients:

1 garlic, fineley minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon lime juice, or to taste
1/2 tablespoon chili garlic paste


Dry mung bean noodles are very light. Soak the dry mung beans noodles with warm water for about 10 minutes (until soft). Discard the water, drain dry and set aside (use 4 oz of them for this recipe). Boil some water and add in the noodles and cook according to the package instruction (a couple of minutes or until the noodles are just cooked through but not mushy). Remove the noodles and drained. Using the same water, boil the shrimp until they are completely cooked. Remove and set aside.

Mix all the ingredients in the Dressing well (make sure the sugar is completely dissolved), set aside.

In a salad bowl, mix the mung bean noodles, shrimp, shallots, tomato, cilantro, mint with the Dressing. Toss to blend well. Add the roasted cashew nuts, stir to combine well. Serve immediately at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

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  1. Mick says:

    Nice and light, a perfect dish for summer!

  2. Two of my favorite things, noodles and shrimp. I’ll definitely try this.

  3. Lily says:

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

    • I don’t have a particular brand that I like, they are mostly the same.

    • Ploi says:

      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.

  4. Patty says:

    This shrimp salad looks great. Is your version of yum woon sen spicy?

    • 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).

  5. Angela Tellone Hatch Tell me about it, can’t go wrong with noodles and shrimp and Thai flavors. :)

  6. I love your version of yum woon sen..very appealing and delicious looking! Got to try this soon!

  7. Jesse says:

    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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  9. Annie Tan says:

    Hi, thanks for the recipe. Is it ok if nuts are omitted?

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