How to make Hiyashi Chuka – Japanese Cold Ramen

If you are in Japan and you are looking for a dish that will warm you up, try Hiyashi Chuka. This Japanese Chinese noodle style dish is made with chilled ramen noodles and is commonly known as reimen or hiyashi rmen in the Kansai and Hokkaido regions. The noodles are served cold and are usually topped with colorful cold ingredients and tare sauce.

Hiyashi Chuka
A harmonious blend of colors and flavors, hiyashi chuka unveiled.

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How To Make Hiyashi Chuka - Japanese Cold Ramen 1

Hiyashi Chuka ( Cold Ramen )

Hiyashi chuka literally means “cold Chinese.” This is a popular noodle dish in the summer in Japan. This is the standard recipe, but chefs in Japan are known to be very creative with this dish: From pickled kimchi to abalone, no topping is unexpected. Cold ramen almost resembles a salad—and any sort of meat, vegetable, or spice you can imagine throwing in a salad could work in a bowl of hiyashi chuka. The ramen is usually served in a glass bowl, with the toppings arranged very neatly on top. One of the most artistic ramen dishes around.
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Course: Noodle
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: chuka, ramen
CookingStyle: Boiling, Handcrafted Cooking
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 4 bowls
Calories: 1301kcal
Author: James Anderson
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs until well combined.
  • Coat the bottom of a large skillet lightly with oil and heat over medium heat. Pour in the eggs to make one large, thin omelet. When the eggs are firm, transfer to a cutting board. Cut the omelet into thin strips and set aside to be used as a topping.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the noodles. Ramen that has been cut to a standard thickness (about 1 mm) will cook in 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Strain the noodles and run under cool water until the noodles are at room temperature.
  • Carefully place the noodles in your ramen bowls, keeping them tidy. Pour the cold soup over the noodles.
  • Top with the egg strips, ham and cucumber slices, and tomato wedges.

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Notes

The easiest way to slice the omelet is to first roll it up like a jelly roll, then cut it in thin slices. Unroll the slices by just moving them around with the tip of your knife. If your ham is in thin slices, like deli ham, you can cut it the same way.
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Nutrition

Serving: 4bowls | Calories: 1301kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 84g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 474mg | Sodium: 2951mg | Potassium: 1591mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1617IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 6mg
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Air Fryer Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka
Every strand, every garnish is a silent note in this culinary symphony.

Ingredients:

  • Ramen or Somen noodles
  • Assorted fresh vegetables
  • Cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu
  • Hiyashi Chuka sauce ingredients

Instructions:

  • Vegetable Crispiness: Begin this culinary dance by placing your julienned vegetables into the air fryer basket. A light spray of oil initiates them into the graceful waltz of crispiness. Air fry at 370°F for about 5-7 minutes. Every spin of the basket unveils a transformation, where freshness marries crispiness.
  • Protein Perfection: Season your choice of protein and let it too join this culinary ballet in the air fryer. Watch it transform, attaining a tender yet firm elegance, a silent ode to perfection attained amidst gentle heats and silent rotations.
  • Noodle Narrative: Prepare the noodles as per package instructions. A brief cold bath post-cooking ensures that every strand retains the silent elegance, an al dente whisper that echoes the serene dance of summer breezes.
  • Sauce Symphony: In a bowl, mix together the ingredients for the sauce. This is not merely a mixing, but a silent sonnet being composed, where every pour, every stir is a note added to this harmonious melody.
  • Assembling the Sonata: Lay the chilled noodles at the base, a serene canvas awaiting the dance of colors and flavors. Adorn with crispy air-fried veggies and protein. A pour of the sauce, and this culinary sonata unveils its silent narrative.
  • Garnish Gracefully: A sprinkle of sesame seeds or a gentle placement of herbs, and Hiyashi Chuka, prepared with the tender embrace of the air fryer, is ready to be served, tasted, and experienced.

Tips for making Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka
The delicate dance of ingredients – where artistry meets flavor.

Cooking Tips

  • Balance is Key: The art of Hiyashi Chuka lies in the silent balance of flavors. Respect this delicate dance, letting the sweet, savory, and tangy notes echo in harmonious embrace.
  • Noodle Nuances: Overcooking is a silent foe. Let the noodles retain their elegant firmness, a textural sonnet that complements the serenade of flavors.
  • Chill Before Serving: The essence of Hiyashi Chuka lies in its refreshing coolness. Let the dish embark on a silent retreat in the refrigerator before serving, echoing the refreshing dance of summer breezes.

Serving Suggestions

Hiyashi Chuka
Hiyashi chuka: a silent sonnet of summer’s graceful touch.
  • Garnishes: Consider the silent elegance of sesame seeds, the vibrant dance of sliced green onions, or the refreshing embrace of mint leaves. Each garnish is a silent echo, adding depth to the visual and sensory narrative.
  • Sides: A side of miso soup or edamame can be a graceful companion, their warm, comforting embrace contrasting the cool elegance of Hiyashi Chuka, echoing the profound dance of opposing yet harmonious elements.
  • Beverages: A cup of green tea or a glass of chilled white wine can enhance the experience, each sip a silent verse echoing the intricate dance of flavors, where the sensory and soulful unite in harmonious embrace.

FAQs of Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka
Hiyashi chuka – an intimate dance of tradition and innovation.
  • Can Hiyashi Chuka Be Made Vegan? Absolutely. Replace the traditional proteins with tofu or a medley of colorful, crisp vegetables to make the dish plant-based. The magic of Hiyashi Chuka lies in its adaptability, where flavors can dance to the silent tunes of various dietary preferences.
  • How to Store Leftover Hiyashi Chuka? Embrace the remnants in airtight containers, letting them rest in the embrace of the refrigerator. In the coolness, the flavors embark on a silent dance, mingling and harmonizing, ready to echo their melodies up to two days.
  • Can I Use Different Noodles? Indeed. While ramen noodles are traditional, the dance of Hiyashi Chuka is a graceful ballet that welcomes the elegance of soba or vermicelli with open arms, echoing the versatile narrative of this beloved dish.
  • Is There a Gluten-Free Option? Replace the regular soy sauce with tamari or a gluten-free alternative, and choose gluten-free noodles. Each bite will echo the silent, harmonious dance of flavors, attuned to the gluten-free narrative.
  • Can I Add Fruits? A sprinkle of mandarin oranges or a handful of grapes can add a refreshing twist, echoing the silent songs of summer, where the sweet and savory waltz in harmonious embrace.
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I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.

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