Yum Woo Sen is a spicy Thai glass noodle salad. This salad is a bit unusual because it is made using glass noodles instead of lettuce like most traditional salads. Glass noodle salad is a very popular dish and can be found at almost any Thai restaurant. Glass noodle salad is both healthy and refreshing. The classic flavors of Thai cuisine, sweet, salty, spicy, and sour can all be found in the dressing on this glass noodle salad. Thai glass noodle salad with chicken and shrimp is great during summer as an entree or as a side with other dishes. Glass noodles are usually made of mung bean and are sometimes called mung bean thread. Glass noodles are typically used in soups and salads and when re-hydrating just cover with cold water and leave the rest to time. Yum Woo Sen is a wonderful dish, and is fairly easy to make. Enjoy.
All of the ingredients for this dish can be found at your local grocery store, with the exception of the glass noodles. Unless your local grocery store has a very good Asian food section, you will likely have to go to a specialty Asian grocery store to find them. You will want to soak your glass noodles in water for about 15 minutes to soften them up before you cook them.
As your glass noodles are soaking you can start making the first parts of this dish. Making the salad dressing is the first step. In a large mixing bowl add your fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and diced chili peppers. Stir them together until your sugar is fully dissolved.
Next you will boil a little water and add your noodles. They wont take long to cook, so keep a close eye on them. Once they are cooked, remove them from the pan. Place them into your mixing bowl that has the salad dressing in it.
Next add your ground chicken into the same pot that you just removed your noodles from. Allow the ground chicken to fully cook, and then remove it into the mixing bowl when done.
Next add your shrimp to the same pot and allow them to fully cook. When ready, remove them and add them to your mixing bowl as well.
The next step is to add all of your cut vegetables to your mixing bowl. Add your onions, tomato, and celery to the mixing bowl Stir everything together well to ensure that your salad dressing is fully mixed in.
Thai glass noodle salad can be served right away or it can be chilled and served. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Cooking Note: Glass Noodle Salad is healthy and refreshing. You can make some substitutions fairly easy with this dish. For example, some people like to use ground pork instead of ground chicken. I have also seen versions that included squid and muscles. However you decide to make this dish, the most important part is the salad dressing. That's where most of the flavor comes from.