How to Make Instant Cup Ramen using Cold Water

The summer season is nearly upon us. In fact, it is getting hotter day by day here in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The hotter it gets, the more chilled foods and icy beverages attract me.

When it comes to cold drinks perfect for summer, many adults will bring beer to mind, but when you hear chilled food for summer, what comes to your mind first?

As for me, what pops into my head right away is “Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華)”, which consists of cold noodles dressed with a refreshing soy sauce-based sauce and garnished typically with thinly sliced roast pork, omelets, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka is a noodle dish that originated in Japan, so there are few Japanese but know the summer noodle. As a matter of fact, during the hot summer months, many ramen restaurants in Japan have Hiyashi Chuka on the menu.

Nonetheless, since few varieties of instant Hiyashi Chuka noodles are sold in countries outside of Japan, it will take time to make it from scratch when you want to eat it. Besides, it might be difficult to make tasty Hiyashi Chuka if you don’t understand Japanese.

Despite that, you can easily enjoy cold ramen like Hiyashi Chuka if you just have a cup of instant ramen.

How to make Chilled Ramen from Instant Cup Noodles and Cold Water

Instant Cup Ramen and Cold Water

To make chilled ramen, what you need to prepare are just 2 items, a cup of instant ramen and cold water. I actually made one today, so here I will share the making instructions with photos.


1 First, peel back the paper lid of cup ramen about halfway, and pour cold water up to the line indicated inside the container.
2 Close the lid and transfer the instant ramen into the refrigerator to cool down for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
3 After that, take the instant ramen cup out from the refrigerator. Then, remove the paper lid and loosen the noodles well.
4 Voila, enjoy the chilled ramen!
If you want to, add ice cubes and your desired toppings additionally. This time I added a piece of Umeboshi to the cup, for the pickled Ume plum goes well with Nissin Cup Noodles.

Supplementary Explanation

You can make the cold ramen using whatever cup ramen you like. By the way, I made this one from Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce Flavor. In taste, the chilled ramen is as delicious as the one served hot.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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