Bean thread noodles, also named as mung bean noodles, cellophane noodles or bean vermicelli is a popular non-flour noodle in Chinese cuisine. It is healthy, easy to prepare and always taste great in stir-fry dishes, soups, stews and salad.

Bean thread noodles (中(zhōng)文(wén):绿(lǜ)豆(dòu)粉(fěn)丝(sī)) belongs to glass noodle group. There are also sweet potato thread noodles (红(hóng)薯(shǔ)粉(fěn)), konjak thread noodles(魔(mó)芋(yù)粉(fěn)), pea thread noodles (豌(wān)豆(dòu)粉(fěn)丝(sī)) and etc. Among them, mung bean thread noodle is the most famous and popular one. We Chinese call it thread baby noodles (丝宝宝). What a cute name, right?

Bean thread noodles salad

Bean thread noodles salad

Last time, when I introduced ants climbing a tree—a bean thread noodle stir fried with minced beef, I get a request concerning about making an easy salad with bean threads noodles. Compared with ants climbing a tree, today’s salad is much easier and lighter, with low calories and a mild taste.

There is a large ground of side ingredients that can be used to match with bean thread salad for example, fresh peppers, corianders, carrots, cucumber and some nuts if you prefer. But my favorite combination is spinach and carrots. In the following picture, there is one small brunch of  mung bean noodle. That’ s how they are packaged. Usually in a large bag, 5 small brunches are included.

Bean thread noodles salad

Soak the bean thread noodles, cut spinach into long sections, shred carrots and make the salad dressing sauce in a small bowl.

Bean thread noodles salad

Then blanching the noodles, spinach and carrots with boiling water.  Soak in cold water to cool down. Combine with dressing sauce and serve directly.

Bean thread noodles salad

Bean Thread Noodles Salad

Quick bean thread noodle salad with spinach and carrots. With a light dressing.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Bean Thread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Elaine


  • 1 small bunch bean thread noodles , around 50g
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • around 100g spinach , hard roots removed and cut into long pieces

Dressing Sauce

  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar , 1/2 tablespoon more for a sourer taste
  • 2 garlic cloves , smashed or minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce


  • Pre-soak the bean thread noodles with clean water for 10-15 minutes until soft. And then cook in boiling water for around 30 seconds (If you want it to be softer, cook for another 30 seconds). They become soft quickly after soaking.
  • Clean spinach and remove the hard roots. Add a small pinch of salt and several drops of oil in boiling water, and then blanch the spinach and shred carrots for 20-30 seconds. Transfer out and soak in cool water. Squeeze the extra water out.
  • In a small bowl, smash the garlic cloves and then add 1/2 tablespoon of hot water. Soak the garlic for half minute and then mix all the other seasonings. Set aside.
  • Place bean thread noodles, spinach, carrots and dressing sauce in a large bowl. Combine well and then serve cold.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1274mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7360IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg

Bean thread noodles salad

mung bean noodle salad

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  1. That looks deliciious and it’s noted for a meal when the temperature is more pleasant again. Most of all I like the image of your carrot. That’s exactly how a fine and fresh carrot is supposed to look like.

    1. I get the fresh ingredient from market everyday, hoping that I can provide my family with the freshest and healthiest food each meal. We make cold salad in cold winter too, usually with hot soups or stews. They match great.

  2. I’m a little confused as to the spinach, are you adding the stems once you remove them? Or just the leaves? It looks as if there are spinach stems in the dish pictured.

  3. I’m a little confused as to the spinach, are you adding the stems once you remove them? Or just the leaves? It looks as if there are spinach stems in the dish pictured. I look forward to trying this. Thank you.

  4. Looks lovely. Do you happen to know if bean thread noodles maintain a good texture once refrigerated? I’ve had mixed results with rice noodles and am hoping to find a better next-day alternative. Cheers <3

    1. You can fridge cold bean thread noodle salad for the next day. But if it is used in stir-frying, soups or stews, it is better to enjoy immediately after cooked.

  5. 5 stars
    I loved this! I used rice vinegar instead of black, and it still turned out great. This was only 4 points on Weight Watchers!

  6. I have a HUGE package of rice noodles linguine style – what do you think of using these instead of bean thread?