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30 August 2021

An exciting new recipe idea from Global Morning News Calgary and Dan Clapson of Eat North

This recipe for a fresh Thai rice noodle salad from Vancouver-based food influencer Nancy Wu, combines refreshing garden vegetables, herbs, edamame and Thai rice noodles with a bold lime vinaigrette.

The result is something that goes perfectly with a wide range of grilled meats–and plant-based meats–and tastes wonderfully refreshing.

  • 1 package Kosa Rice Vermicelli 3 mm
  • 50 grams asparagus tips
  • 50 grams sugar peas, ends trimmed
  • 50 grams snap peas, ends trimmed
  • 50 grams edamame, shelled
  • 1 sprig of mint, leaves removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chop
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Spicy Lime Vinaigrette
  • ice cubes

Soak rice vermicelli for 8 minutes to resuscitate. While rice vermicelli is soaking, prepare spicy lime vinaigrette (instructions in the following section).

Boil water in a medium pot over high heat. Add resuscitated rice vermicelli to boiling hot water and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Do not overcook.

Remove from heat, run under cold water to cool down. Drizzle sesame oil to help the noodles from sticking to each other.

Boil another pot of water, and quickly blanch asparagus tips, sugar peas, snap peas, and edamame for 30 seconds or until bright green. Set aside until ready to assemble salad.

Spicy Lime Vinaigrette

  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2-3 bird’s eye chilies, diced and seeds removed
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Mix sugar with hot water and mix well until dissolved. Add in fish sauce, garlic, bird’s eye chili and half lime juice. Mix well and taste. Adjust heat level as desired. Set aside.

*Do Ahead: Dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.


Place rice noodles in a large bowl. Add in asparagus tips, sugar peas, snap peas, edamame, mint leaves, cilantro and desired amount of vinaigrette to rice vermicelli and gently fold.

Divide and plate.
Serves 2.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Recipe Source: Nancy Wu

Dan Clapson is the The Globe and Mail restaurant critic for the Canadian Prairies and has contributed to many publications including Westjet Magazine, Ricardo Magazine, Air Canada enRoute and more. He is also a regular guest expert on tv shows like Cityline, Global Calgary, CTV Morning Live Saskatoon and Global Edmonton.

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