How to Make Hiyashi Chuka Noodles from Instant Cup Ramen
Now at the peak of the summer season, chilled ramen is one of the best comfort foods for me.
When I think of Japanese cold ramen that is prefect for summer, what pop into my head right away are the 2 noodle dishes “Tsukemen (つけ麺)” and “Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華)”.
As I wrote about Tsukemen before, today I will talk about the latter Hiyashi Chuka and introduce its easy recipe using instant cup ramen.
Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華)
Hiyashi Chuka is a type of cold ramen consisting of wheat flour noodles dressed with a pleasantly sour soy-sauce-based sauce and typically topped with thin strips of roast pork, egg omelets, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
Hiyashi Chuka is the summer noodle dish most familiar to us Japanese, and in fact we not only have the cold ramen at restaurants during the hot summer months, but also prepare and eat it at home.
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, actually you can easily make Hiyashi Chuka noodles.
Easy Hiyashi Chuka Recipe using Instant Cup Ramen
The other day, I introduced how to make instant cup ramen with cold water. Actually in addition to the directions, with additional 2 steps you can make Hiyashi Chuka noodles.
Specifically, just additionally add sesame oil and vinegar to a cup of soy sauce flavored ramen. This is because the soup base of the Japanese noodle dish Hiyashi Chuka mainly consists of soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil.
This time I prepared the Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce Flavor. Other than a cup of the soy-sauce-flavored instant ramen, all you need to prepare for this recipe are water, sesame oil, and vinegar. Now let’s get the making started.
|1||Peel back the paper lid of the instant ramen cup about halfway, and pour cold water up to the line indicated inside|
|2||Close the lid and transfer the ramen cup into the refrigerator to cool down for about 1 hour|
|3||Take the instant ramen cup out from the refrigerator|
|4||Transfer the ramen noodles into a shallow bowl. Then, put some ice cubes and a proper amount of sesame oil and vinegar to your taste. Enjoy the Hiyashi Chuka noodles!|
Although I made this Hiyashi Chuka from Nissin Cup Noodle Soy Sauce Flavor, any soy-sauce-flavored instant cup ramen can be used for this recipe.
The making method is quite easy, so with this recipe you will be able to make Hiyashi Chuka noodles without fail.