Jam Wunsen – Thai Glass Noodle Salad ยำวุ้นเส้น
Recently, I’ve prepared Jam Wunsen which is a Thai glass noodle salad. Glass noodles are also known as cellophane noodles because they are transparent and made from starch, most often from mung bean starch. In Thai language, glass noodles are called wun sen. Hence, Jam Wunsen (ยำวุ้นเส้น) is a spicy and refreshing Thai style salad commonly mixed with shrimp and minced pork or grounded chicken. This glass noodle salad is most often garnished with some nuts (either Cashew nuts or peanuts) and chili peppers.
Here’s how to prepare Thai glass noodle salad! There are in fact different options how to prepare this salad. I present you one and comment on possible options. It’s quite easy and simple to make.
Ingredients for 2 portions:
- 60g glass noodles
- 140g grounded chicken, minced pork (optionally you may also take chicken filet if you don’t have grounded chicken)
- 5-6 shrimps
- 1/3 cup sliced onions
- 1/3 cup sliced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 3-4 chopped Thai chili peppers
- 3 1/2 TSP fish sauce
- 4 1/2 TSP fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 TSP sugar
- 1/3 cup Cashew nuts or peanuts (fried/roasted)
- 1/2 TSP fresh garlic (chopped)
- 2 TSP Thai pickled garlic (optional)
- 2 TSP dried shrimps (optional)
Take a pot and heat some vegetable oil on a medium heat. Then add in some dried shrimps and fry them until they are golden-brown. This step is optional, if you don’t have or like dried shrimps you may leave them out. At this point you may also fry your Cashew nuts or peanuts if they are still raw.
Then take another pan and add your grounded chicken or minced pork and add about one TSP of water. Cook this on a medium heat until it’s done (approx. 5 minutes). Set this aside and prepare your glass noodles by soaking them in some hot water for a few minutes until they are ready to use.
Now prepare the salad dressing: Take a large bowl and mix the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar together. Add also some pickled garlic juice if you like and put in the chopped chili peppers and the fresh garlic. Mix this together well and then set the dressing aside.
Take another pot and heat water in it until it’s boiling, then add in the shrimps. Until the shrimps are cooked, it takes about a minute. Cook your glass noodles shortly in hot water for about 30 seconds.
Then put the noodles into the dressing and mix it together. Then add in the grounded chicken (or pork) and shrimps and also all the vegetables that you have (i.e. the pickled garlic, tomatoes, celery, onions). Mix everything together well. Hence, you’re almost done. Put some roasted peanuts or Cashew nuts on top of the salad and also the fried dried shrimps if you like! Thus, your salad looks wonderful and yummy 🙂
The following video by Rin Silpachai will demonstrate you how to prepare Jam Wunsen!
Hope you’ll give this dish a try!
(P.S. Please check out my Thai Food Dictionary for more information)