One day, I felt the rush to make Hiyashi Chuka or Japanese cold noodles with tangy sauce and a lot of toppings. Despite the very hot weather, I drove to the supermarket only to buy pork ham which is one of the ingredients I prefer, out of the blue, just like that. I blame the pregnancy hormones.
Hiyashi chuka is served in restaurants in Japan only during the summer months. It is a light, healthy, easy to put together, delicious meal anyone can make!
- egg noodles (as much as you like)
- oil for frying egg
- slices of ham
- 2 eggs
- cherry tomatoes
- nori seaweed
- toasted sesame seeds
- soy sesame dressing (pictured on the right)*
* There are lots of dressing/sauce variations. I used the ready made bottle of Red Shell Sesame Soy Dressing but if you don’t have an Asian grocery store in your area, I am guessing (because I have not tried) – Italian dressing or experiment whatever salad dressing you have in your fridge and see what suits best! Amazon sells Kewpie Brand Deep-Roasted Sesame Dressing
ANOTHER SAUCE VERSION (the sesame sauce is creamy while this is watery, light, tangy and has that distinct Japanese taste)
- 2 Tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- 3 1/2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp Pure Sesame Oil
- 1/2 tsp powdered chicken stock (or bouillon)
- 4 Tbsp water
Mix everything together.
The beauty of this dish is that you can make your own version according to your taste. Toss in other topping ingredients like, cooked crab stick, wakame seaweeds, strips of cooked chicken breast, celery, etc
1. Heat oil in pan and pour scrambled the egg (with salt). Move the pan so the egg mixture is thin. Flip then remove from pan immediately/
2. Slice the toppings lengthwise – the cucumber, ham, fried scrambled egg (like it’s shredded) and nori seaweed. Quarter the cherry tomatoes.
3. Cook the noodles according to package instructions. When cooked, run the noodles in tap water and dip in ice water bath to chill.
4. Drain the noodles.
5. Divide the noodles into service size bowls.
6. Arrange the toppings on top of the noodles.
7. Pour the desired sauce/dressing.
DONE! Now slurp your noodles like it’s nobody’s business!