One of the best Yum Woon Sens I’ve had is at this Thai Place in Vegas – Sakina Thai Cuisine in Vegas. My affinity with noodles is just so close that I love all sorts of different noodles and I have yet to find one type of noodles that I dislike! One person who would be so familiar with my love for noodles would be non other than my Mommydearest! She never fails to update me on that new noodle store round the block or any noodles recipes she comes across. And I am proud to say I have grown up eating many different styles of my Mommy’s home cooked noodles, which I still always crave for up till today! 

Yet another type of noodles that I simply love is glass noodles. Some call it Bean Thread Noodles or Thai Glass Noodles or even Tang Hoon. I just call it glass noodles. It comes in small bundles and it looks literally, totally glassy once soaked in water. I remember ‘stealing’ some threads of those when I was growing up, each time Mom soaked them for soups and such. Ahakz 🙂

One thing I like about my Glass Noodle Salad recipe is that it does not require any cooking! Yes! Each time I make this salad, my kitchen would be filled with the refreshing aroma of the various herbs and that refreshing lime fragrance without even having to turn the fire on! Of course if you are looking to add in some kind of meat, the stove has to be on! Nevertheless, it still does not involve huge amounts of cooking, or maybe chick that meat in the Barbie! All it involves is just heaps of chopping time, which can actually be therapeutic for me! 🙂

Also a favourite of my Pops, this Spicy Thai Glass Noodle Salad Recipe is one recipe that is very much ideal for that warm weather as a main meal, accompanied by a Protein (meat or tofu) on the side perhaps, or just a starter to share or, maybe for that dinner where you just want something light. In fact, for those who love protein packed dishes – just include some tofu and you’re all sorted!

This Yum Woon Sen is one salad which is bursting with flavours – a mixture of that soury lime, accompanied with the sweetness of the raw sugar and the saltiness of the Soy Sauce, alongside with the refreshing zest of all the veggies – simply yummy! 


Spicy Thai Glass Noodle Salad (Yum Woon Sen)

A refreshing Thai style salad, perfect for a main meal, especially on those warm days, or as a side to share.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: AM-Suhaila


  • 2 tbsp Sunflower Oil For a Healthier option
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 4 Thai chilies thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 2 bundles Glass Noodles
  • 2 to matoes diced
  • 1 medium Cucumber
  • 10 stalks string beans cut into 3cm length
  • 1 cup fresh roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup ground peanuts
  • 1-2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • juice from 3 limes


  • Soak glass noodles in boiling hot water (covered) for 5 mins or follow package instructions.
  • Check after 5 minutes to ensure the noodles are not soggy.
  • If noodles need a longer time, leave to soak till final stringy but NOT soggy consistency is achieved.
  • Drain and place in salad bowl.
  • For the dressing, mix Sunflower Oil, Sesame Oil, finely chopped Garlic, Soy Sauce, Raw Sugar and lime Juice together in a bowl and stir well.
  • Once noodles has cooled, add in all other ingredients into salad bowl.
  • Pour dressing over.
  • Ready to serve.


Due to food allergies, I have omitted Fish Sauce, however, 1 Tbsp of Fish Sauce can be included, if desired.
The type of vegetable use in the salad can be varied according to individual preference.