冷やし中華 Hiyashi Chuka

It’s been crazy hot the last few days. One of my summertime favorites is hiyashi chuka, a cold noodle dish with oriental dressing. It’s a classic “Chinese” noodle dish in Japan, and when the noodle shops start serving it, it signals the start of the summer season.

Here’s the product I used purchased from Don Quijote, but Sun Noodle also makes one that’s available in most local supermarkets. If  you’ve never had it before, here’s a quick introduction. Trust me, it’s SUPER easy. 

080209 hiyashi pkg

Inside the package are 2 servings each of noodles, dressing, and a spicy mustard condiment (some brands come with the mustard and other don’t).

080209 hiyashi contents

I first prepare the toppings. You can put just about anything, but the most common toppings are julienne cucumbers, tomatoes, slices of ham, thinly sliced egg, shiitake mushrooms, etc. I’ve got cucumbers, tomato, kamaboko, and boiled egg here. If you’re too lazy to julienne, just slice ‘em up.

080209 hiyashi toppings

Boil the noodles according to the package directions, then rinse under cold water. On a hot day like today, I like my noodles chilled icy cold, so I immerse them in a quick ice bath. Then drain. 

080209 hiyashi ice bath

Put the noodles in a bowl and assemble your toppings. Pour the dressing over it.

080209 hiyashi chuka

See – I told you it was SUPER easy!

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1 Response to “冷やし中華 Hiyashi Chuka”


  1. 1 Er August 5, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Yes, seems quite simple! I remember when you brought it to eat once…If only the veggies were already pre-cut and included (Yes, I know…how lazy am I? :-p)…

    I’m not the biggest fan of cold noodle dishes, so I’m assuming you can also NOT ice the noodles and just eat them with all the fixins’ on it at their temperature after you boil them?


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