Friday, July 13, 2012

Creamy Harusame Salad

Harusame Salad is a Japanese salad, made with bean thread noodles, called harusame (also known as cellophane noodles, saifun, and maifun). Typically, the salad has a soy sauce/rice vinegar dressing, and is served simply with thinly-sliced cucumbers and shaved ham or crab sticks, much like sunomono

Nowadays, some Japanese restaurants offer a 'creamy' version of harusame salad; a tangy mayonnaise-based dressing is used, and chopped boiled eggs are often added. It's incredibly weird, but somehow REALLY good.

It's almost as if sunomono/harusame salad meets Southern macaroni or potato salad! If there is one thing that both Southerners and the Japanese love, it's mayonnaise! Which makes it the PERFECT dish for someone like me!

Creamy Harusame Salad

2 bundles of bean thread noodles (saifun/maifun)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & julienned
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup mayonnaise (Kewpie or Hellmann's; doesn't matter)
1/4 lb ham or imitation crab sticks (surimi), cut into strips
2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped (optional, I leave them out)
Salt & pepper to taste

Rehydrate the bean thread noodles according to package directions; you want them to be clear and soft, but still chewy. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water. Drain well, cut into manageable lengths with kitchen shears, and add to a bowl.

Meanwhile, mix the cucumber sticks with a pinch of salt and set aside for about 5 minutes. Squeeze out the liquid and add the cucumber to the noodles.

Whisk the sugar and rice wine vinegar together; pour over the cucumber and noodles. Add the mayonnaise and mix well.

Add the ham/imitation crab and egg (if using); mix well. Taste, and season with salt & pepper.

Let chill for about 1 hour before serving.


  1. I have always wanted to find a good recipe using these type of noodles. Thank you for a great recipe.

    1. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy them!

      I also have this recipe for cucumber & wakame sunomono, and I even use the noodles in my gyoza.