Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cucumber Salad with Saifun--Bean Threads

My mom makes this salad for almost every family party.

It's Sunomono (cucumber salad) with saifun (bean threads).

It's a refreshing sesame flavored salad, and surprisingly easy to make.

When I asked her for the recipe some time ago, she said it's from a mix.

Can't get any easier than that!


2 lbs. cucumbers
1 package Chinese Seasoned Bean Thread (Saifun) with Vegetables

I like the small Persian cucumbers or Japanese cucumbers.

They're really crunchy.

You can also use English cucumbers.

Cut the ends off the cucumbers and slice them thinly with a knife or mandolin.

You can do two at a time, but be careful of your fingers!

Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of salt on the cucumbers.

Mix thoroughly and let them sit for 10 or 15 minutes.

This is the package my mom uses for her cucumber salad.

It's got a tiny bit of vegetables--carrots and seaweed--sesame seeds and dressing--along with the saifun (bean thread noodles).

When you open the package, there's a tube inside.

It's in the refrigerated section at Nijiya Market.

This is what is inside the package.

Mix with the cucumbers.

Mix thoroughly, so the noodles are evenly distributed.



When I was a little girl, my mother used to curl my hair in ringlets.

I'm about 3 years old in this picture.

I had a celebrity doppelganger back then.

I know this because--when I was grocery shopping with my mother, at about this age and sitting in the shopping cart, a little girl pointed to me and shouted,

"Mommy! Mommy! Look! Look! It's Little Lulu!"

You might be too young to remember Little Lulu.

These days I'm more like Little Lulu's friend.

(We won't mention his name.)

Does anyone remember the theme song to the cartoon?

No printable recipe for Cucumber Salad yet.


  1. Karolyn, it is such an adorable picture of you!!!!
    Love it!!!!!!

  2. Wow... this is gorgeous and looks so good!

    I've never seen these noodles before!