I’ve been having some major Thai food cravings lately, maybe because I’m seeing pictures from our Thailand Adventure last year, or that my mom is currently in Thailand now. Whatever the reason may be, this dish, Yum Woonsen, taste like it’s straight from Thailand. Yum Woonsen translates to Thai noodle salad, and is made with bean thread noodles, or sometimes called glass noodles since they are translucent. The noodles and pork are cooked separately then tossed together with a sour and salty dressing, and served with lettuce or even with rice.
If you order Yum Woonsen in Thailand, it will most likely be very spicy, which is why some Thai’s eat it with steamed rice. You also might get it topped with shrimp, which is a common way to serve this dish. I omitted the shrimp and just did ground pork and 3 chili’s, which turned out pretty spicy. If you like yours more mild than I would do just one Thai bird’s eye chili. You can always add more if it’s not spicy enough. The same goes with fish sauce and lime juice, start with what I have listed and add more depending on your taste. Some recipes also add about a teaspoon of sugar. I don’t add sugar, but if you want some of that sweetness, then add light brown sugar or coconut sugar to the dressing.
Once the bean thread noodles are cooked and mixed with the dressing, they will begin to absorb it and expand. If you don’t plan on eating this dish right away, then I would recommend mixing it with the dressing until you’re ready to serve it. You can’t really refrigerate Yum Woonsen either for this reason, but you can find the noodles in individual portions which make it easy to make a serving when needed. Traditionally Yum Woonsen is topped with roasted peanuts, but I did Cashews, since I like the taste better. You could use either based on your preference.
Make this authentic Thai dish at home with a few simple ingredients, it’s sure to cure any Thai food cravings you may have!