Easy Japanese Recipes

Tsukemen (Dipping Noodles) つけ麺

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It is quite hot and humid in Japan and all I want to eat are cold dishes and noodles.  I shared Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) recipe not a long ago and today I’m sharing another favorite cold noodle recipe.

Have you heard or tried Tsukemen?  It means “dipping noodles” and cold noodles are served separately with hot dipping soup and toppings on the side (Hiyashi Tsukemen is served with cold noodles and cold soup).

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We use chukamen (fresh ramen noodles) that are springy and chewy for this dish, and the cold noodles go really well with hot soup with all kinds of toppings in it.  You pick up few strands of noodles with your chopsticks, dip them into the soup, the slurp them up.

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Just like ramen noodles, there are all sorts of tsukemen soup types and flavors.  Today I’m going to share the one that my family really enjoy – soy sauce base with a little bit of tangy vinegar kick.  If you enjoy spicy food and has spicy chili bean paste (la doubanjiang), you can make the spicy version of this recipe as well.

I used fatty pork belly to make the soup base, but you can substitute with ground pork or other meat/seafood.  If you only drink the soup by itself, it is too salty.  But when you dip the cold noodles in the hot soup, the flavor is well balanced with cold noodles and other toppings.

For toppings today, I served Tsukemen with shrimps, eggs, narutomaki (fish cake), and nori.  Feel free to add other ingredients to your liking.  Hope you enjoy this dish!

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Tsukemen (Dipping Noodles) Recipe
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
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Toppings
  • 6 shrimps (+ 1 Tbsp. sake for boiling)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • A few slices of narutomaki
  • 1 package nori
Instructions
  1. Cut the meat into 1 inch pieces. Mince the ginger and garlic. Discard the bottom of shimeji and shiitake mushrooms and slice shiitake mushrooms. Finely chop scallions. Remove the shell and devein shrimps.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat sesame oil over medium high heat and add ginger and garlic when oil is hot.
  3. When fragrant, add (spicy) chili bean paste (Doubanjiang or La Doubanjiang) and stir constantly so it won’t burn.
  4. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
  5. Add the shiitake and shimeji mushrooms and cook until wilted.
  6. Add Menetsuyu and water and bring to a boil.
  7. Using fine seive, skim off the fat and scum if necessary.
  8. Lower the heat to medium low and add miso and soy sauce in the soup and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped green onions and rice vinegar. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  10. Prepare toppings. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add 1 Tbsp. sake and shrimp. Once the shrimp starts changing color, turn off the heat and cover to let the remaining heat cook the shrimp (so you won’t overcook the shrimp). Drain and set aside.
  11. When all the toppings are ready, bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles. Make sure to separate each noodles when you drop them into the boiling water. Cook according to the package instructions, but keep the noodles al dente. Drain the water and rinse the noodles to remove starch. Soak the noodles into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain completely and divide the noodles on plates/bowls. Serve all the toppings on the noodles or on a separate plate.
  12. Pour the hot soup in a bowl. Serve the cold noodles, toppings, and soup and sprinkle katsuobushi in the soup right before eating. Enjoy!
Notes
* If you cannot find fresh ramen noodles, use udon noodles instead. They go well with this tsukemen soup as well!

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  • Vicki Bensinger July 28, 2013, 4:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds delicious. I love stopping by your site – I always learn something new. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Belinda @zomppa July 28, 2013, 5:15 pm

    Oh man this is good. Know what you mean by the right kind of springy ramen!

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  • donna mikasa July 28, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Oh, that looks so good! It’s been hot here in Hawaii and I’ve been making your Soba Salad, but this looks like a refreshing change!

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    • Nami July 30, 2013, 6:18 am

      Hi Donna! Hope you will enjoy this noodles! This is more “Japanese” taste than the Soba Salad and you can use udon instead of ramen noodles too. :)

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      • donna mikasa July 30, 2013, 6:16 pm

        Hi Nami! I will definitely try it with udon as I recently bought some Sanuki Udon! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen July 28, 2013, 5:36 pm

    What an amazing noodle soup dish, yet so simple to do. I loved ordering noodle dishes when we were in Tokyo. Your flavors are superb. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing, Nami and thanks for the nice blog comments :-)

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  • Kim | a little lunch July 28, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Nami, for some reason it tickled me that you used the term “al dente” to describe a Japanese noodle dish. :) But I understood what you meant exactly and this sounds like a wonderful meal to ward off the heat!

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  • Joanne T Ferguson July 28, 2013, 5:53 pm

    G’day and thank you Nami, I LOVE learning all things food wide new!
    Never heard of Tsukemen; also love your step by step photos…looks YUM too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.facebook.com/whatsonthelist

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  • goboroot July 28, 2013, 6:00 pm

    なみさーん!写真を見ているだけで涼しくなってきました。いいですね、やはり夏はこれですね。箸で麺をつかんで浸けてすする、日本の夏を懐かしく思いながら頂きたい一品ですね。Oh, noodles! I could even gulp the dipping sauce:)

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  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks July 28, 2013, 6:01 pm

    Another recipe that I have to pin! I just love all of your recipes, Nami. I need to get on the ball and start making some of them. I know my boyfriend will love them!

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  • Terra July 28, 2013, 6:51 pm

    I have never heard of this, but love all that is involved in this recipe! It really sounds hearty and delicious! Hugs, Terra

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  • Ilan July 28, 2013, 7:03 pm

    I’ve never tried dipping noodles before but it sounds like they’d be really fun to eat! I can barely eat ramen though so I think I need a little bit more practice first :)

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  • Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines July 28, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Wow, that sounds amazing. I bet the contrast of hot and cold is fantastic. Just out of curiosity, why isn’t ok to use dry ramen noodles?

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    • Nami July 30, 2013, 6:22 am

      Hi Christiane! There are only a few brands of “dry” ramen noodles that I consider really close to real fresh ramen noodles (but unfortunately not available in the US – or at least I haven’t seen they are imported to the US yet). Usually the texture is very different and they are more like “instant” ramen noodles… You can also try using Chinese fresh noodles or udon noodles for this dish. :) Thank you for your question!

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  • john@kitchenriffs July 28, 2013, 7:24 pm

    This dish is new to me, and it looks wonderful! I’ve never met a noodle dish I didn’t like, and this looks so flavorful. Hope you’re enjoying your time in Japan – but I’m sorry it’s so hot and humid. Anyway, thanks for this.

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  • Jayne July 28, 2013, 7:37 pm

    This sounds incredible right now! There’s a Chinese style noodles that is similar to this, though using more Chinese ingredients. It’s called “lo mee” or braised noodles, generally using fresh thick chewy wheat flour noodles. The sauce is stickier with the addition of corn starch but it’s generally meat and soy based. To eat, you’d need to add black vinegar into your own bowl and stir up. I ALWAYS add a load of vinegar into mine, making my mom squirm. haha!

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  • Mich Piece of Cake July 28, 2013, 8:28 pm

    I love cold noodles and these noodles look so heavenly… the weather in Singapore is always hot and this will always be one of my favourite!

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  • Ash- foodfashionparty July 28, 2013, 8:59 pm

    I’ve never tried Tsukemen and thank for introducing this Nami. The pictures are so good, so proud to know you. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment, means a lot.

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 28, 2013, 10:50 pm

    I’ve never tried tsukemen but this looks so delicious and perfect for hot days!

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  • Bam's Kitchen July 28, 2013, 10:54 pm

    Konnichi wa Nami-san, How is your trip? Are you gathering up some old family recipes from your mom? I love cold buckwheat noodles but I have not had cold ramen noodles when living in Japan. I guess I will have to give your recipe a try. I hope you are also stocking up on lots of fun pottery and props while at home for just one cookbook. Take care, BAM

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  • Kelly July 28, 2013, 10:56 pm

    That soup looks really rich and flavourful! I haven’t tried this way of serving ramen but sounds really refreshing. If I can find fresh ramen I will give it a go.

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 28, 2013, 11:24 pm

    I’ve never had Tsukemen but I can’t wait to try it! I love that there’s pork belly in this too – my favorite!

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  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen July 29, 2013, 1:00 am

    Hi Nami, another wonderful dish, beautifully photographed. I love this sort of food and you make it sound so easy.

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  • Jenny July 29, 2013, 1:11 am

    that looks absolutely delicious, Nami, perfect for the summer.

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  • cquek July 29, 2013, 4:07 am

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to give it a try. I just love Ramen.

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  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com July 29, 2013, 4:55 am

    This looks so good! Love the detailed step by step pictures!

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  • Hotly Spiced July 29, 2013, 5:37 am

    I’m not used to having cold noodle dishes as I’ve only ever eaten noodles hot but I can see how this can be wonderful during hot humid conditions. There are so many wonderful ingredients in the soup base that these noodles must take on incredible flavour xx

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  • Monica July 29, 2013, 7:16 am

    You know Nami, I know of this but now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten it. And I really want to right now after seeing your recipe. Looks so so authentically good!

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  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today July 29, 2013, 7:16 am

    Nami it’s super hot in Berlin as well. I am not familiar with Tsukemen, but I should be. I like everything you make.

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  • Kate@Diethood July 29, 2013, 8:02 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! The colors are amazing.
    I’ve never had cold noodles… I need to get out more. :-P

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  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You July 29, 2013, 8:27 am

    How interesting, Nami! I have seen cold noodles in salads but never served with a dipping sauce. Love it!!!

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  • Kelly July 29, 2013, 8:50 am

    You never cease to amaze me with your creative recipes – this looks ridiculously delicious! :)

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  • Shema George July 29, 2013, 9:07 am

    This looks so good that its making me drool. Loved this recipe and beautiful props

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  • Rosa July 29, 2013, 11:05 am

    Lipsmackingly scrumptious! Such noodle dishes are terrific.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Mae July 29, 2013, 11:47 am

    We were in LA recently and had lunch at Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle on Sawtelle Blvd. Their specialty is tsukemen. Long lines form before noon each day for this small restaurant which added an annex across the street due to its popularity.

    Personally I thought their broth was heavy and salty. I’ll be anxious to try your version of the broth. Imagine my surprise to see your recipe pop up today. Our thick ramen noodles were only garnished with lime and one piece of nori. The other options were boiled egg and few slices of roasted pork.

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    • Nami August 4, 2013, 2:48 am

      Hi Mae! I should try their Tsukemen next time when I’m in LA. I hope you like my recipe! :) Thank you for your kind comment!

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  • Nik@ABrownTable July 29, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Yumminess in a bowl! Nami, do you think H mart will have the Menetsuyu ? I want to try making this over the weekend, I could also look for the ingredients for Menetsuyu there.

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    • Nami July 30, 2013, 6:32 am

      Hi Nik! Hmm! I wish I can tell you. I’ve never been to H Mart in my area, and not too sure if Korean store carries the Japanese noodle soup base. I know Chinese stores in my area carry various brands of Mentsuyu because Cold Soba (Zaru Soba) is a popular dish. There are different brands, but they all say Noodle base soup or something in that line… (could be soba dipping sauce, etc).

      Here’s Japanese online store link: http://shop.mitsuwa.com/eng/egoods/eindex.php?c=7&s=19

      Hope this helps… :)

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  • Sandra July 29, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Our resident princess has a thing for the store bought dried ramen noodles. I would love for her to have a thing for these.

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  • mr. & Mrs. P July 29, 2013, 1:45 pm

    Beautiful dish Nami! Sounds so flavorful!! BTW having a great time seeing your instagram photos… =) the kids seem to be enjoying themselves!

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  • Kristy July 29, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Hi Nami! I’m always amazed at how many varieties of noodles there are and how many different ways there are to cook them. I’ve never seen or heard of this dish or these noodles before. I love learning new things! I hope that you are enjoying a great visit with your family. :) School will be here before we know it (I’m already seeing back to school ads!)

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  • Rhonda (@diningalone) July 29, 2013, 2:15 pm

    This looks so good. I love noodles and I have never seen a soup like this.

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  • Kait @ ChickadeeSays July 29, 2013, 3:10 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it. Pinned!

    xx Kait

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  • TheKitchenLioness July 29, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Nami, this is so intriguing – cold noodles with a hot dipping soup and toppings – it sounds so tempting and so perfect for this hot weather. I do not think that I ever tasted something similar to this but I would love to have a taste or two or three of this! I really like the contrast of hot and cold in this dish and the combination of all the different flavors. Another truly amazing post!
    I hope you are having a wonderful summer in Japan! Enjoy your vacation, my friend!

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  • The Ninja Baker July 29, 2013, 6:02 pm

    美味しいそう。なみさんのつけ麺を食べたいですのでレシピは本当にありがたいです =)

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  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking July 29, 2013, 6:53 pm

    I would love this for my dinner right this moment, Nami! What a tempting pictures and great recipe! You know how much I love ramen so this is perfect for me! :D

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  • Baby Sumo July 29, 2013, 7:26 pm

    My fav tsukemen is the one from Menya Musashi, I think the one I tried had a black garlic dipping sauce. Very nice! Can’t wait to try this.

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  • Priscilla | ShesCookin July 29, 2013, 7:52 pm

    I was eating warm noodles in warm broth in Shanghai where it was 102 degrees F – cold noodles must be strictly Japanese – the Chinese need to adopt this dish :) Wonderful as always, Nami!

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  • Kristi Rimkus July 29, 2013, 8:06 pm

    What a beautiful meal. Everything is so fresh and colorful. I love the dipping noodles!

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  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure July 30, 2013, 4:08 am

    Looks great, I would love to try this recipe, sounds so good.

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  • Min July 30, 2013, 4:11 am

    Ooh! This sounds fabulous! I’ve never heard of it before. I know my husband would love this esp since it has pork belly in it. However, with his heart condition, I watch his cholesterol level like a hawk. Perhaps I can substitute it for a leaner cut of meat? Hope you are having a wonderful time in Japan despite the weather ;)

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 30, 2013, 4:17 am

    I remember eating these when the weather was hot! They were so refreshing! :D Yours look really full of flavours and textures too :D

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  • Linda | The Urban Mrs July 30, 2013, 9:31 am

    Awww..I just had this last week and am very eager to learn the recipe. I usually get the sauce for cold noodles with soba. This is a good change on the menu. Yum!

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  • Kitchen Belleicious July 30, 2013, 12:26 pm

    what a great and delicious looking noodle dish that doesn;t seem to hard. Sometimes i get overwhelmed with Japenese cooking especially with noodles because I tend to cook the noodles to long or not enough but I love this recipe and the sauce sounds fantastic!

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  • Wizzy July 30, 2013, 1:36 pm

    Looks very tasty. I wish more of these ingredients were available to me.

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  • Joyti July 30, 2013, 2:20 pm

    Oooh, that looks delicious. Even to a vegetarian like myself :)

    Hope you’re well!

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  • Juliana July 30, 2013, 3:06 pm

    This noddle dish looks delicious Nami, really packed with flavor.
    Hope you are having a fun week :D

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  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade July 30, 2013, 4:10 pm

    Uhoh…..Now I’m hungry! I wish we had a good Japanese restaurant near my work so I could curb these noodle cravings!! hehe

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  • Daniela July 30, 2013, 7:02 pm

    That’s an amazing way to serve these delicious noodles.
    The idea reminds me a bit of Swiss fondue, but this recipe is much tastier with all the wonderful flavors .

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  • Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania July 30, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Tsukemen noodles is not easy to get in India. I would have loved to try this recipe. This really looks intriguing, Nami. I love the fat pork belly. It just goes so well with Japanese ramen! Wonderful recipe. :)

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  • ucaco July 30, 2013, 11:08 pm

    Hi Nami!
    This will be our dinner tonight =)

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    • Nami August 15, 2013, 10:35 pm

      Hi Ucaco! Sorry I missed your comment. I hope you enjoyed this dish! xo :)

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover July 31, 2013, 2:58 am

    Nami, feel hungry looking at your bowl of noodles, simply delicious!

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  • Adrian (What the Heck is Filipino Food) July 31, 2013, 3:20 am

    Oooh I’d love to try the spicy version. I don’t eat enough cold noodle dishes and I should to try something different now and then. Thanks for the step by step!

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  • Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste July 31, 2013, 5:53 am

    This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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  • Sissi July 31, 2013, 7:51 am

    What I really love about some Japanese dishes is that they are so much fun to eat! This is another perfect example: it looks both delicious and I can imagine I would enjoy dipping the noodles, choosing the toppings… I love all the ingredients anyway (I see katsuobushi too! this is one of the ingredients I couldn’t live without). Time to prepare and taste tsukemen!

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  • Natalie July 31, 2013, 7:53 am

    mmmm this looks like such a tasty dish!!

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  • Pure Complex July 31, 2013, 8:24 am

    I am such a dipper and these noodles would be great to make. I definitely must try out this recipe. Delish

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 31, 2013, 9:06 am

    What a delicious and easy meal, full of fresh flavor! Thank you for sharing this dish and your helpful tutorial, Nami!

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  • Laura @ Family Spice July 31, 2013, 9:49 am

    I learn so much from you, Nami! My family would go nuts with all of these ramen recipes. I need a personal guided tour through the Japanese market to get rid of the intimidation factor! This looks amazing!

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  • Kate from Scratch July 31, 2013, 10:58 am

    Looks wonderful! Light and perfect for summer.

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  • Kit July 31, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Love tsukemen but don’t eat it often. Thanks for the recipe. Looks tasty and definitely want to try it sometime….

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    • Nami August 4, 2013, 2:46 am

      Hi Kit! I hope you try making this at home and like the recipe! :)

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  • Balvinder July 31, 2013, 9:20 pm

    Really, I have never heard of this before but it look so flavorful.
    Enjoy your vacation in Japan.

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  • Charles August 1, 2013, 2:45 pm

    A lovely looking meal for this hot weather Nami. Thank you for mentioning about the udon as well – I always seem to have those rattling around in the cupboard, but have never seen fresh ramen before.

    I feel like we’ve had this conversation before, but what does “tsuke” mean… dipping? I’m trying to figure out how that works in “tsukemono”?

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    • Nami August 4, 2013, 2:51 am

      Hi Charles! Haha, okay here is Japanese 101 today. “Tsuke” comes from “tsukeru (v)” meaning dip, soak, etc. Hope you can spot other words with “tsuke”. :D Udon works really well with this recipe and my daughter prefers this recipe with Udon (I like both…).

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  • mjskit August 1, 2013, 9:24 pm

    What a perfect summer meal! I love the idea of this meal – a dipping sauce and noodles. It sounds as much fun to eat as it is delicious I’m sure.

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  • Lynna August 2, 2013, 1:01 am

    I love eating cold noodles and would love some right now! :D I love the pictures, since it`ll make it so much easier when I attempt to make these.

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  • Des August 3, 2013, 12:02 am

    I am seriously so happy that I found your blog a few weeks back. Everything you post always looks so delicious and it’s always something I love to get when I dine out but have never tried to make it at home. And like everything else I’ve seen on your blog, this looks fantastic!

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce August 3, 2013, 6:06 am

    I never heard about dipping noodles, and I found great, is like having a noodle fondue :)

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 6, 2013, 11:42 pm

    Mmm… this is my kind of comfort food!! Yum :)

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  • tigerfish August 8, 2013, 3:12 pm

    The soup broth must be super flavorful, looking at the ingredients used to make the base.

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  • Hannah August 8, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I always learn something new from you, Nami! This dish looks both stunning and delicious!

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 9, 2013, 9:26 am

    What a cool concept to dip the cold noddle in hot soup! And pork belly is a great choice for stock :-D. Looks great. Keep cool!

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  • Asmita August 14, 2013, 5:48 am

    Hi Nami,
    Wow,
    Your cooking rocks. This dish looks like the ultimate comfort food to me. Please can I come over for dinner???

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  • Ayame-chan. August 20, 2013, 4:30 am

    amazing. <3

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  • Melissa December 20, 2013, 11:19 pm

    Oh wow…this looks like some serious summer comfort food! Too bad it’s winter here now, gotta save this one! :)

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    • Nami December 21, 2013, 2:09 am

      Thank you Melissa! The noodles are cold but you dip in hot soup so we actually eat in winter too. :) Thank you for your comment!

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  • Nolwenn March 25, 2014, 9:17 am

    Hi ! I love this recipe. But I have a question: is there a way to make it meatless (for the broth especially) ? We don’t eat meat but do eat seafood.
    Thanks a lot.

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    • Nami March 25, 2014, 9:30 am

      Hi Nolwenn! Sure, make this with meatless, or replace with shrimp or any seafood you enjoy. However, I’d recommend adding precooked (seafood of your choice) after Step 6, so your seafood is not overcooked. Or you use your seafood of your choice as toppings, too. Depends – if you think it gives nice flavor to the soup, add in to replace the meat. Hope this helps? :)

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  • Minnie@thelady8home March 26, 2014, 12:20 pm

    Nami, you post amazing stuff, and this is making me super hungry. Too bad I can’t walk into the monitor and grab it…

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  • cquek April 24, 2014, 5:57 am

    now I know what I’ll be cooking next :)

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