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Yum Mama | Instant Noodle Salad

Yum is a spicy dish with explosive flavor in a mix of fresh delicious things. Yum in Thai Language basically means mixing so I think it is equivalent to salad dishes, except, you know, Thai Salad is spicier and more pungent than most salad dishes out there.

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In school, I used to live on Instant noodles. I’m not kidding when I say I used to eat it every day. I grew up eating Mama noodles, and they came in many flavors and textures. It’s not the healthiest choice, I admit, but it’s what kept the students like me doing homework late at night.

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In my school apartment, I had an electric rice cooker which I used to cook rice, boil water for hot drink and also to make instant noodle. It took 2 minutes or so to make a bowl of hot instant noodle that would subdue my night craving and hunger. And late at night when I had a report to write, instant noodle was a life saver.

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In some nights when I didn’t have a lot of school work, I came out to walk in a night market. Night markets were good to wander when I couldn’t sleep. They were the best places to find some hot delicious fast food, CDs, snacks, second handed books or cheap clothes. Actually, we get everything from cosmetics to pets in night markets as well. I used to buy a couple of rabbits from the night market, but I learned the hard way that I was so irresponsible to keep up with taking care of the bunnies.

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Okay, coming back to the night market, before I start talking about my long horrific pet story; one of my favorite thing to eat there was Instant Noodle Salad. You may think it’s weird that I couldn’t seem to escape the instant noodle dilemma even when I had so many other choices of food to eat. But here is the thing: this Instant noodle Salad is one of the most delicious things in the world. It’s robust and bold in flavors. The noodle is chewy, coated with spicy zingy dressing. The pieces of chilies, raw garlic and fresh herbs spread the strong perfumes, and you can add as many tablespoons of chilies as you need. The squeeze of lime and fish sauce, ah, that’s the perfect mean to seal the deal. You can also add any meat, seafood and sausages into it. I love to throw in some salad greens as well so the dish is both delicious and nutritious, kind of.

Yum Mama | Instant Noodle Salad

Ingredients: (1 serving)

1 package Instant Noodle

100 gm any cooked meat or sausages of your choice (I use seafood bites here)

4-5 fresh chilies- chopped (Use as per your spice tolerant)

3 cloves garlic- chopped

1 handful celery leaves- sliced

½ tomato –sliced

½ onion- sliced

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp fish sauce

A plate of salad greens


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In a bowl, combine sugar, chilies, garlic, onion, lime juice and fish sauce. Stir well. Make sure the sugar is dissolved and the flavor is balanced.

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Prep your salad greens and keep aside.

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In a pot, bring 1 and half a cup of water to boil. Cook noodle for 20 seconds because the noodle shouldn’t be over cooked and soggy later. Drain the water if any and add the taste maker that comes with the noodle.

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Add the noodle into the bowl of the spicy dressing and mix well.

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Add the meat or sausages, tomato and celery leaves. Gently toss.

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Serve the noodle salad on top of your salad greens.

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I posted another version of Instant Noodle Salad recipe before so you can check it out. In India, I get Mama noodles in the big supermarkets or gourmet stores, but if you can’t find this type of noodle, you can use Wai Wai, which is easy to find here. Use any noodle that has subtle oriental flavor profile so your dressing can shine throw. But well, there is no strict rule about this so give it a try with anything you have.




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