Thailand’s popular dish, “Yum Woon Sen” is a salad with bean thread noodles, mixed with seafood or minced pork. The tangy, sour, and sweet dressing mixes well with all the ingredients and will definitely provide you with a surprise! Let’s discover how we could make this recipe so close to the original Thailand version, using the ingredients in Japan, or any other country with accessible ingredients.

What are some key ingredients?

The first key ingredient is the bean thread noodles. Bean thread noodles, or “harusame(春雨)” in Japanese, is a healthy gluten-free noodle that could be bought in any grocery store. The noodles are thin like a thread, and it is white or almost transparent. It is usually sold in the dry section, and the noodles are stiff, so you need to boil for 2-3 minutes to make them edible.

Second is the fish sauce. With the distinct fragrance and the salty taste, just by adding this you could almost turn anything into Thai cuisine! Sho & I love to travel to Bangkok, Thailand. Since we both love Thai food, we brought home countless different sauces and spices we could find in Bangkok’s supermarket. One of them was the fish sauce. In Japan, people do not so often cook homemade Thai food at home, and it is rather a popular dish to eat outside. Therefore, although you can find it in any Japanese supermarkets, they are so tiny (and pricy) that we felt we would use it up in less than 3 meals or so! So here we are with 700 ml of fish sauce we bought in Thailand, which was only about $2. These were sold in most of the supermarkets, so I’m guessing it is a common local brand fish sauce.

The next items would be the mixed seafood. For this recipe, I used shrimp, squid, and clams. In Japan, there are a variety of frozen food available, from vegetables, meat, seafood, and cooked menus. Because buying different kinds of fresh seafood in could be pricy & could take time preparing for them to cook, I like to buy the frozen seafood mix! You just need to boil/microwave the seafood, and they’re ready to serve. My recommendation is to use the microwave, because you also want to use the seafood water yielded from melting the ingredients. Make sure you add the liquid into the dressing too, to fully utilize the seafod umami. Also, another advice is to not boil/microwave it too much, or it will get too tough. You also do not want it raw, so make sure to try one to see if it’s cooked alright. These taste just like the fresh seafood from the ocean. 1 pack is about $4, so I advise you to have one of these stocked in your freezer, just in case you need ad hoc seafood for your meals.

An Easy & Energizing Recipe for All

I repeat that this recipe is so easy to make, and an excellent recipe especially for a hot day! Let me summarize the recipe in 3 simple steps: 1) Boil the bean thread noodle 2) Cut the ingredients 3) Mix with the dressing sauce. Ta-da, you are done! So this is highly recommended for anyone who had a tough day at work but want to cook something at home. The vitamins of the lemon juice and the fresh vegetables will surely fully energize you for the next day! This recipe in particular could be served at room temperature, or if you’d like you could refrigerate and serve as a cold appetizer.

Yam Woon Sen served with Thai Soup with minced pork

Category

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time15 mins

 60 g Bean thread noodles (Harusame)
 150 g Frozen Seafood
 1 Cucumber
 ½ Onion
 4 Mini Tomatoes
Dressing Sauce
 ½ tsp Garlic (tube paste is ok)
 ½ tsp Ginger (tube paste is ok)
 2 tbsp Sesame oil
 3 tbsp Fish Oil
 3 tbsp Lemon juice
 1 tbsp Sugar
 Dry red pepper (if you like it spicy)
Suggested Toppings
 Coriander
 Peanuts
 Lemon Slice

Preparation
1

Cut cucumber & onions into thin slices. Cut tomatoes into small pieces.

2

Microwave seafood for 3 minutes in 600W. If still raw, microwave again. (Be careful not to make them too tough)

3

Boil Harusame noodles for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain and wash lightly with water and set aside.

4

Mix the dressing ingredients in a large bowl you will serve this meal in. Insert noodles & vegetables and mix the well with the sauce.

5

Decorate it with tomatoes, seafood, and the suggested toppings.

Ingredients

 60 g Bean thread noodles (Harusame)
 150 g Frozen Seafood
 1 Cucumber
 ½ Onion
 4 Mini Tomatoes
Dressing Sauce
 ½ tsp Garlic (tube paste is ok)
 ½ tsp Ginger (tube paste is ok)
 2 tbsp Sesame oil
 3 tbsp Fish Oil
 3 tbsp Lemon juice
 1 tbsp Sugar
 Dry red pepper (if you like it spicy)
Suggested Toppings
 Coriander
 Peanuts
 Lemon Slice

Directions

Preparation
1

Cut cucumber & onions into thin slices. Cut tomatoes into small pieces.

2

Microwave seafood for 3 minutes in 600W. If still raw, microwave again. (Be careful not to make them too tough)

3

Boil Harusame noodles for 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain and wash lightly with water and set aside.

4

Mix the dressing ingredients in a large bowl you will serve this meal in. Insert noodles & vegetables and mix the well with the sauce.

5

Decorate it with tomatoes, seafood, and the suggested toppings.

Yum Woon Sen
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