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.
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).
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.
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.
Put the noodles in a bowl and assemble your toppings. Pour the dressing over it.
See – I told you it was SUPER easy!