Yum woon sen - Glass noodle salad with minced pork

Cooking time: 15 min. / 10 min.Difficulty: easy


Glass noodle salad belonged to my favourites. Like in majority of Thai salads, it is a great mix of flavours like spicy, sweet and sour. All topped with amazing fresh herbs. Do I need to add more?


If you can`t buy roasted glutinous rice powder (it is more coarse than flour), you can make it easily yourself. In Thai cuisine it is used quite a lot, so just make much more than you need for the salad, that you can use it later too. It brings nice crunchy consistency to the dishes. 

First roast dry (uncooked) glutinous rice on a dry pan on a low heat for about 15 minutes until it gets golden color and starts releasing popcorn like scent. Stir constantly. Remove from stove. Let it cool down and pound in a mortar for a coarse powder or blend in a blender.

Bring water to a boil in a pot (enough of water to cover the minced meat later). Stir in minced pork and cook 2-3 minutes. Remove from fire and strain.

Cook glass noodles according to the instructions on the pack. Remove from fire, strain and rinse with cold water to avoid further cooking.

Crush chilies, garlic, salt, MSG, sugar and rice powder in a mortar. Add a lime juice, fish sauce and oil and pound just slightly to mix all the flavours.

Mix together scallion, cilantro, tomatoes, onion, noodles, minced meat and pour the dressing in.

Mix again and serve.


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For 4 portions:

  • 300-400g glass noodles
  • 250g minced pork
  • 2-4 red chilies
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp MSG (optional)
  • 5 tsp sugar (brown or palm sugar 8tsp at least)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 scallions sliced or cut on 2-3 cm pieces
  • 1 small onion sliced on strings
  • 2-3 tomatoes cut on eights
  • 3-4 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tsp glutinous rice powder (optional)
  • handful cilantro chopped
  • juice from 3 limes
  • 1 tbs oil