Shanghai Noodle Sheets (mung bean sheets or green bean starch sheets) are made from the starch of green mung beans. Similar in texture to glass noodles, this noodle comes in a sheet form and is cut into the desired length and width.
To prepare pre-soak the brittle sheets in hot water for about 20 minutes and drain. Next cook in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain and refresh under cold water. Cut the cooked sheets into strips to serve.
Mung bean sheets are translucent and slightly gelatinous providing a neutral base for spicy and rich flavorful sauces. Perhaps the most popular dish in Thailand using this type of noodle is Yam Kuay Teow Shiang Hai (Shanghai Noodle Salad). Asian dishes that use Mung Bean Sheets include: Pad Thai Shanghai Noodles, Bean Starch Sheets with Prawns, Pad Shiang Hai (fried clear noodles stir-fried with prawns, yard long beans, chili and basil), Yam Shianghai (translucent Shiang Hai noodles tossed with roasted chili paste, lime and lemongrass), Chinese Liang Zhang Pi (meat and seafood salad served over mung bean sheets with mustard sauce) and La Pi (mung bean sheets with cucumber and pork). See a recipe below for Vietnamese Style Shredded Steamed Pumpkin
Vietnamese Style Shredded Steamed Pumpkin Salad
- 1 lb pumpkin or kabocha squash
- 1 pc dried Shiang Hai Noodle Sheet (mung bean sheet)
- 1 green bell pepper
- 2 tblsp chili oil
- 3 tsp white sesame seeds, dry roasted and roughly pounded
- Prepare pumpkin by removing seeds, peeling and cutting into matchstick sized slices (approximately 3" x 1/2" x 1/8"). Steam to cook through but still firm.
- Prepare the dried Shiang Hai Noodle Sheet. Soak in hot water for about 20 minutes and drain. Next cook in boiling water for 5 minutes, drain and refresh under cold water. Cut into long thin strips, approximately 1/2 cm wide.
- Prepare the dressing, by mixing the soy sauce, vinegar, black pepper and salt together in a bowl, Add the sesame oil last.
- In a large bowl, arrange the pumpkin slices, mung bean sheet strips, and shredded green pepper. Pour over the dressing. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Note: Glass noodles can be substituted for Mung Bean Sheets in this recipe.
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