MAMA noodle salad

MAMA noodle salad

Yum Mama

Serves 2 Cooks in 20 minutes Difficulty Easy

MAMA noodle salad or Yum Mama as we’d say in Thai, is not a dish on my Khao Lak cooking class menu but it’s such a quick, easy and fun favourite to cook I had to share it. Here in Thailand MAMA noodles are often used to cook a wide variety of different Thai dishes.

MAMA noodles can be the base for simple stir fries, just through in some pork, garlic, a few greens and an egg and fry till everything is cooked. MAMA noodles can also be a quick breakfast, prepare them the usual way by adding the seasoning and boiling water, crack in an egg and wait a few minutes. Easy and delicious.

To add some nutrition to MAMA noodles my favourite way to prepare them is making a simple MAMA salad, Yum MAMA.

The ingredients for my MAMA salad should be readily available where ever you live in the world. There are even many countries where you can by the original Thai MAMA noodles but any instant noodles will do the job. You will need:


  • 1 pack of MAMA noodles
  • 100g minced pork
  • 4 shrimp
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 tomato, cut into 1/8’s
  • A handful of vegetables such as broccoli, carrot or cabbage.
  • Coriander
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
What you will need.


  1. Bring some water to the boil and add the MAMA noodles, pork, shrimp and your greens. Simmer until the noodles are soft. Drain off the water and set to one side.
  2. Mix the sugar, fish sauce, chilli, lime juice, shallot, spring onion, coriander and tomato. Add the powder and sauces that come with your MAMA noodles and mix well.
  3. Mix in the cooked ingredients and check your seasoning.

To Serve

Serve your salad in a simple bowl and sprinkle with some dried chilli if you like your Thai salads more spicy. You can add variety to your MAMA salads by choosing different flavours of MAMA noodles, such as Tom Yam, pork or duck.

Please try this dish at home, its so easy and fun. Hope you enjoy Yum MAMA by Apple 🍎 Riverside Thai Cooking in Khao Lak.

Some MAMA Facts

There are three popular brands of instant noodles in Thailand with the MAMA brand controlling around half the market. MAMA has now become the generic term for instant noodles in Thailand. Tom Yam Gung (shrimp) is the most popular flavour. Here we consume an average of 45 packs of noodles per person per year, fourth in the world after Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

In the past, sales of MAMA noodles were used as a rough guide to gauge the Thai economy, with consumption rising when times were lean.