How to Make Hiyashi Chuka Noodles from Cup Ramen
Now, at the peak of summer, chilled ramen has become one of my favorite food choices, and when I think of Japanese cold ramen perfect for summer, what comes to my mind right away are “Tsukemen (つけ麺)” and “Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華)”.
As I wrote about Tsukemen in this article before, today I will talk about the latter Hiyashi Chuka and introduce an easy recipe using instant cup ramen.
Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華)
As you may already know, Hiyashi Chuka is a kind of broth-less ramen served chilled. It consists of wheat flour noodles dressed with a refreshing vinegary soy-sauce-based sauce and garnished typically with thin strips of Charshu roast pork, egg omelets, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
Hiyashi Chuka is the summer noodle most familiar to us Japanese. In fact, not only do we often have the cold ramen Hiyashi Chuka at restaurants during the hot summer months but in the summertime, we often prepare and enjoy it at home as well.
Japanese home cooks usually make it from the pre-prepared noodles sold in grocery stores which usually come with a packet of seasoning sauce. As of today, there are no instant Hiyashi Chuka cups available, but instead, just with a cup of instant ramen, you can actually easily make Hiyashi Chuka noodles at home.
Easy Hiyashi Chuka Recipe using Instant Cup Ramen
The other day, I introduced how to make instant cup ramen using cold water. Actually, with additional 2 steps in addition to the directions, you can easily turn the noodle soup into Hiyashi Chuka.
Specifically, you just additionally add some sesame oil and vinegar to the chilled cup of soy sauce flavored ramen. This is because the soup base of the Japanese noodle Hiyashi Chuka usually consists of soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil.
So all you need to prepare for this recipe are cold water, sesame oil, vinegar, and a cup of soy-sauce-flavor instant ramen. By the way, this time I prepared the Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce Flavor, and here I will share the making process.
|1||First, peel back the paper lid of the cup ramen about halfway, and pour cold water until it reaches the line indicated inside|
|2||Close the lid and transfer the ramen cup into the refrigerator to chill for about 1 hour|
|3||After that, take the cup out from the refrigerator|
|4||Transfer the noodle soup inside into a shallow bowl. Then, add in some ice cubes, sesame oil, and vinegar to your preference.
Ready to eat, Enjoy the Hiyashi Chuka noodles!
Although, as I mentioned above, I made this Hiyashi Chuka noodle from Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce or Shoyu, any soy-sauce-flavor instant cup ramen can be used for this recipe. The preparation is quite easy, so with this recipe, you will be able to make a tasty Hiyashi Chuka noodle without fail.