Insider's Kitchen

No.215 (7/13/12)

Chilled Noodles - Hiyashi Chuka -

By Nao H. Kauffman
Chief Editor

Hiyashi Chuka is a Japanese dish consisting of chilled ramen noodles with various toppings served in the summer. Toppings are usually colorful cold ingredients topped with a sauce. Popular toppings are strips of tamagoyaki (egg), cucumber, tomato, watermelon, ginger, ham, and chicken. It may also contain barbecued pork. The sauce is usually made from water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds. However, if you purchase a quick instant pack from a local supermarket, the sauce is normally included. July 7 is the Day of Hiyashi Chuka. You may see restaurants waving a banner saying “冷やし中華始めました。“Hiyashi Chuka Hajimemashita” means “Have just started serving this dish.” Generally, to Japanese people it then feels like the summer has started.

Ingredient (2-3 servings)

Hiyashi Chuka pack
Sliced cucumbers
Sliced tomato Sliced ham/cooked chicken breast
Fried egg strips
Add your favorite vegetables for more variety toppings.


1. Open the package and boil water in a deep pot.
2. Add the noodles and cook for about three minuets until noodles get tender.
3. Drain hot water and rinse the cooked noodles with cold ice water thoroughly.
4. Serve the noodles on a plate and add any toppings you prefer.
5. Pour the sauce pack over the noodles and toppings.

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