Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) 冷やし中華

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  • Cool down and relax with this Japanese Cold Ramen dish called Hiyashi Chuka. It’s a bright, flavorful, fun way to experience the magic of ramen on a hot summer day!

    Hiyashi Chuka, Cold Ramen topped with egg, imitation crab, shrimp, ham, cucumber and tomato on a glass plate.

    As the temperature and humidity soar in Japan in the late summer, I just want to eat chilled noodle dishes like cold soba or cold udon.  But when it gets extra hot, like it did this year when the rainy season ended two weeks early, all I can think about is the flavorful, rainbow color of toppings on a bowl of cold ramen called Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華). 

    Today, I’m sharing a Hiyashi Chuka recipe with my favorite soy-sesame homemade noodle dressing.

    Hiyashi Chuka, Cold Ramen with vegetable and seafood on a glass plate.

    What is Hiyachi Chuka?

    Hiyachi Chuka literally means “chilled Chinese”; however, it is a Japanese dish with chilled ramen noodles and various colorful toppings, including strips of egg crepes, cucumber, ham, and imitation crab.  Be creative and add your favorite toppings to this hiyashi chuka.  If you are vegetarian, omit ham, shrimp, and imitation crab, and add your favorite veggies instead.

    Finally, a soy sauce or sesame based dressing is poured over the dish.  Although the store bought hiyashi chuka package comes with dressing, it has lots of MSG and preservatives.  For a healthier option, you can easily make the dressing at home.  The dressing recipe I specified below is more than enough for 3 servings of cold ramen, in case you want to add more toppings than what I have included.

    On hot days, a cold noodle dish like Hiyashi Chuka is a delicious nutritious meal to cool your body down, while filling up your tummy.  Now go ahead, pick up some ramen and your favorite toppings, and create this cool Japanese dish!

    Hiyashi Chuka Cold Ramen on a glass plate.

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    Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com
    Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen)
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     
    Course: Main Course
    Servings: 3
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Noodle Dressing:
    For Shredded Egg Crepe:
    • 2 large eggs (beaten)
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
    • neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
    For toppings:
    Other topping options:
    Noodles:
    • 3 package ramen noodles (1 package = 6 oz) (or chukamen noodles, See Notes) (GF Ramen Noodles)
    For Garnish:
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Hiyashi Chuka Ingredients
    2. Combine all the noodle dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk all together. You can keep it chilled in the refrigerator.
      Hiyashi Chuka 1
    3. For eggs, you make thin egg crepe and cut into thin strips (Kinshi Tamago). If you want to make super thin crepe, follow my recipe here (How To Make Shredded Egg Crepe). Whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt. Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook on both sides.
      Hiyashi Chuka 2
    4. Cool the crepe and slice into very thin strips.
      Hiyashi Chuka 3
    5. For shrimps, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add sake and shrimp and cover with the lid. The alcohol in the sake will help remove the smell and tender the meat. Turn off the heat when the color of shrimp started to change and let it cook with remaining heat. Do not overcook otherwise shrimp will become hard. Transfer shrimps to a plate and let them cool.
      Hiyashi Chuka 4
    6. Cut all the topping ingredients.
    7. For the noodles, bring a pot of water to a boil and add the noodles, separate the noodles before dropping into water. Cook according to package directions. 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.
      Hiyashi Chuka 5
    8. Place all the toppings and pour the dressing before serving. Serve with karashi hot mustard and pickled ginger on the side, if desired.
    Recipe Notes

    Ramen noodles: I used GF Ramen Noodles.

     

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