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Cellophane Noodle Salad (Selada Soun) Recipe

Cellophane Noodle Salad (Selada Soun) Recipe

Cellophane Noodle Salad (Selada Soun) Recipe

I’m not sure when it was exactly that my love affair with all things noodle began but I know it was very early on in life. My first memory of Cellophane Noodle Salad takes place at the Hyatt Hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia, where my family used to hold dinner parties with our extended relatives and friends. These parties most often took place by the hotel’s beautiful swimming pool with an extensive BBQ buffet. Between games of tag and hide and seek, I would go back to the buffet for another serving of this light and fresh noodle salad, unable to resist its salty, zesty flavors. Cellophane noodles, also known as mung bean noodles or clear noodles, have the nutritional benefit of being lower in calories than most other noodles with no cholesterol. This salad’s lively flavors, with its dash of sesame oil, create a savory yet light dish to be enjoyed by itself or as a side dish to grilled meats.

Ingredients :

    • One 7-oz (200-g) packet dry cellophane noodles
    • 8-10 garlic cloves, finely minced
    • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
    • 8 kaffir lime leaves, finely cut or 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
    • 3 tablespoons coriander leaves (cilantro), roughly chopped
    • 2 green onions (scallions), finely chopped
    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground red chili pepper

Method :

    1. Soak the cellophane noodles in a large bowl in warm water for at least 1/2 an hour and up to 2 hours.
    2. Toss together the garlic, red onion, kaffir lime leaves, coriander leaves, green onions, and mint in a large mixing bowl.
    3. Drain the soaked noodles. Bring about 5 to 6 cups of water to a vigorous boil in a medium sized pot. Boil the drained noodles for just about 1 to 2 minutes. Drain the noodles once again and toss in with the other ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
    4. Add in the lime juice, sesame oil, ground coriander, soy sauce, and ground red chili peppers. Mix everything together until thoroughly combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.

SERVES 4
PREPARATION TIME : 15-20 MINUTES + 1/2 HOUR
SOAKING TIME
COOKING TIME : 2 MINUTES