Hiyashi Chuka 冷やし中華

As the weather warms up, I have already started seeing restaurants post their summer menu items and, more often than not, at the top of the list is this noodle dish. Served chilled, kind of like a salad, this is a refreshing and easy to make summer dish!

The common themes with the recipes I found are it is served chilled, the toppings are in strips, the toppings are in a range of colors (red, green, yellow, etc). So not pay too much attention to the amounts and the specific ingredients (especially the toppings, just keep it colorful)! This is a highly customizable recipe so have fun with it!


Packet of (hiyashi) chuka* noodles (really any kind of noodles work. Ramen noodle thickness is typically preferred)
Sauce (soy sauce based or sesame (goma) based are typical. Sauce recipes below)
1 egg (to make kinshi tamago 錦糸卵 aka shredded omelet, directions below)
3 cherry tomatoes
1/2 cucumber
2 slices of ham or 1/2 chicken breast
Small handful of bean sprouts
Small handful of lettuce

*Other ideas include (most if not all of these would need lightly cooked first either by stir-frying or simmering them):
shrimp, chashu pork, pork slices, carrot, beni shoga, wakame seaweed, nori, mushrooms (pretty much any kind), asparagus, imitation crab meat, and so much more!


Omelet- Scramble one egg and cook it in a fry pan on medium heat until it sets. Flip it over, cook completely. Take off heat and cut into thin strips.
Bean sprouts- cook in boiling water for 1 min. cool under running water and drain.
The rest- cut or shred everything else into strips.

Bring it together:
Cook the noodles according to the package. Rinse and chill them under cold running water. Drain well and put into bowl. Arrange the toppings on top of the noodles so they all meet in the center. Pour over the sauce and ENJOY!

That said, they have this in the supermarkets (sauce included)… so you could just buy that and follow the directions (though you will still have to get your own toppings)!



Soy sauce 5 tsp (25 ml)
Vinegar 5 tsp (25 ml)
Sesame oil 1/2 TBSP
Sugar 2.5 tsp (10 g)
Chicken stock powder 1/4 tsp
Water/ice 1.5 TBSP

Mix all of the ingredients in a small pan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. (If you are in a hurry, substitute the water for an ice cube or two to cool down the mixture before pouring it over your noodles).


Goma (sesame seed) dressing

Mix equal parts of the two. Enjoy!




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