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In this context, the word "yam" does not refer to the starchy vegetable that resembles sweet potato, but rather to a unique style of Thai cooking. Yam dishes are salads made with raw or lightly cooked vegetables, dressed with a special spicy sauce.
Serves :

Preparation Time :
20 minutes

Cooking Time :
15 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Place the watercress or spinach, cucumber, celery, carrots, red pepper, and tomatoes in a bowl.
  • Add the chopped mint and toss together.
  • Soak the noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes, or according to the packet instructions.
  • Drain well and snip with scissors into shorter lengths. Add them to the vegetables.
  • To make the yam, put the chopped chillies in a pan and add the soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and water.
  • Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the chopped garlic, with the pickling vinegar from the jar, and then mix in the chopped nuts, tofu, and toasted sesame seeds.
  • Pour the yam over the vegetables and noodles, toss together until well mixed, and serve immediately.


  • 50 grams watercress or baby spinach, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 red (bell) pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
  • Small bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 100 grams cellophane noodles

For the yam

  • 2 small fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar or light muscovado (brown) sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 head pickled garlic, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon vinegar from the jar
  • 50 grams peanuts, roasted and chopped
  • 100 grams fried tofu, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

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