Thai Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad Recipe

Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad

Thai Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad Recipe
Region / culture: Thailand | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 4


Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad
Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad

Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad is a refreshing and flavorful dish that combines the heat of chillies with the freshness of prawns and mint. This salad is perfect for a light and healthy meal, especially during the warmer months.


This recipe is inspired by traditional Thai flavors, where the combination of spicy chillies and fresh seafood is a common culinary practice. The addition of bean thread noodles adds a unique texture to the dish, making it a satisfying and delicious meal.


How to prepare

  1. Shell and devein the prawns, leaving the tails intact.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the prawns with lemon juice, sauce, chillies, and sugar.
  3. Place the noodles in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them stand until tender, then drain.
  4. Combine the noodles and mint with the prawn mixture.


  • Add sliced cucumber or bell peppers for extra crunch.
  • Substitute the prawns with chicken or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Use different types of noodles such as rice noodles or soba noodles.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to devein the prawns properly to ensure a clean and tasty dish.

- Adjust the amount of chillies according to your spice preference.

- Be careful not to overcook the prawns, as they can become tough and rubbery.

- Use fresh mint leaves for the best flavor and aroma.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad as a light lunch or dinner option. It can also be served as a side dish at a barbecue or picnic.

Cooking Techniques

Boil the prawns until they turn pink and opaque.

- Soak the bean thread noodles in hot water until they are soft and pliable.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use fish sauce instead of soy sauce for a more authentic Thai flavor.

- Substitute the sweet chilli sauce with sriracha for a spicier kick.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the prawn mixture and noodles ahead of time and combine them just before serving to keep the noodles from getting soggy.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the salad with extra mint leaves and sliced red chillies for a pop of color. Serve it in a large bowl or on individual plates for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

This salad pairs well with a crisp white wine or a light beer. It also goes well with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh green salad.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 200 per serving


Carbohydrates: 30g per serving


Fats: 2g per serving


Proteins: 15g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.


This recipe contains shellfish and gluten (if using soy sauce), so please be cautious if you have allergies to these ingredients.


This dish is a good source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy and balanced meal option.


Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad is a delicious and healthy dish that is perfect for a light and refreshing meal. With the combination of spicy chillies, fresh prawns, and bean thread noodles, this salad is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

I have a clear memory of the first time I saw this recipe for Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl living in a small village in Thailand. My grandmother, who was known for her incredible cooking skills, had invited me to help her prepare a special meal for a family gathering.

As we gathered the ingredients for the salad, I watched in awe as my grandmother effortlessly peeled and deveined the prawns, soaking them in a mixture of chilli, garlic, and fish sauce. She explained to me how important it was to let the prawns marinate for at least an hour, allowing the flavors to fully penetrate the meat.

Next, she showed me how to prepare the bean thread noodles, soaking them in hot water until they were soft and pliable. I was amazed at how quickly they cooked, and how delicate and flavorful they became once mixed with the other ingredients.

As we assembled the salad, my grandmother shared with me the story of how she had learned this recipe. She told me that many years ago, when she was a young bride, she had traveled to a neighboring village to visit a friend. It was there that she had first tasted this unique salad, a refreshing and spicy mixture of prawns, noodles, and fresh herbs.

My grandmother's friend had been kind enough to share the recipe with her, and my grandmother had been making it ever since. Over the years, she had added her own twist to the dish, incorporating fresh vegetables from her garden and experimenting with different types of chillies and herbs.

As we sat down to eat the salad, I was struck by how delicious it was. The prawns were tender and flavorful, the noodles were light and airy, and the chilli added a fiery kick that lingered on my tongue. I could see why my grandmother had fallen in love with this dish all those years ago.

From that day on, Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad became a regular staple in our household. Whenever we had guests over, my grandmother would proudly serve her signature dish, always receiving compliments and praise for her culinary skills.

As I grew older, I began to experiment with the recipe myself, adding my own touch by using different types of seafood or vegetables. I even entered a cooking competition once, where I presented my grandmother's recipe to a panel of judges who were blown away by the flavors and textures of the dish.

Now, as I pass on this recipe to my own children and grandchildren, I am filled with pride knowing that it will continue to be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come. The memories of that day in my grandmother's kitchen, learning how to make Chilli Prawn and Bean Thread Noodle Salad, will always hold a special place in my heart. And I will forever be grateful for the love and knowledge that she shared with me that day.


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