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Hiyashi Chuka [冷やし中華]

This is a very easy and popular dish in Japan mostly eaten during the hot summers so you can cool down quickly. Hiyashi Chuka actually means “Chilled Chinese”, but it’s really Japanese, because there is nothing like this dish in China. It’s basically cold Ramen noodles with lots of different toppings on it and a sesame dressing poured over it. Mostly you will see it served with cucumber, crab stick and ham, but the sky is the limit. Add to it whatever you want to get your own custom Hiyashi Chuka Ramen.


Ingredients

the noodles:
  • 320g oil noodle (Sunwave)
  • 1 btl gomadare sesame dressing (Marukin)
your choice of toppings
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • omelette
  • ham
  • surimi crab sticks
  • bean sprouts
  • tofu
additional seasoning
  • shichimi  togarashi (S&B)
  • roasted sesame seeds (Foreway)
  • nori roasted seaweed


Steps

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the noodles for about 8 - 10 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Gently rub the noodles in a washing motion to remove excess starch. Rinse thoroughly and drain well.

Slice all the vegetables into thin, matchstick size pieces. If using omelette, make thin omelettes, roll them up and slice into thin rings.

In a big bowl, toss the cold noodles with the sesame dressing. Put the noodles on a big plate and lay the different toppings over the noodles and serve with extra dressing on the side.

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