Shrimp and Lemon Wasabi ‘Liang Mein’ (Cool Noodle) Salad


‘Liang Mein’, Mandarin for ‘cool noodle salad’, is enjoyed all over the Far East from Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines and more. It can be eaten as a main course and is rather refreshing in hot summers. Liang Mein can have different toppings and ingredients ranging from meats to seafood medleys or be kept vegetarian. This recipe fuses Japanese soba (buckwheat) noodles and green tea noodles with a wasabi, lemon and light soy dressing and juicy tiger shrimp, topped with a generous sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes


  • oz soba (buckwheat) noodles
  • oz Japanese green tea noodles
  • dash of sesame oil
  • oz chopped carrots
  • 4 spring onions, sliced lengthways
  • oz red bell pepper, sliced
  • oz yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 18 oz prepared tiger shrimp (cooked and peeled)

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packets, then drain and refresh under cold running water. Drizzle with sesame oil, mix well to prevent them from sticking together and place in a large bowl.
  2. Prepare the vegetables and distribute evenly over the noodles.
  3. Put all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour the dressing over the noodles, add the shrimp and toss well.
  4. Divide the noodles onto serving plates, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves and serve.

To Garnish

  • 1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • cilantro leaves