Refreshing Vegetarian Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen Recipe)

Stay cool this summer with Hiyashi Chuka, the best Japanese cold ramen! Try this delicious and refreshing dish for a delightful taste of Japan!

Looking for Japanese ramen dishes? Try my Shio Ramen, Miso Ramen, or Ramen Noodle Salad!

Hiyashi chuka served on a plate.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • This cold hiyashi chuka is the perfect escape from the summer heat!
  • A healthy meal packed with veggies.
  • Satisfying and filling without being heavy!

Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka, or “hiyashi ramen,” is a popular Japanese cold noodle dish perfect for hot summer days. It features cold ramen noodles topped with fresh vegetables, protein, and a soy sauce-based sauce. “Hiyashi” means “cold” in Japanese, while “chuka” refers to Chinese cuisine, though the dish originated in Japan.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Hiyashi Chuka Recipe:

Ingredients for hiyashi chuka.
  • Ramen noodles: Japanese grocery stores often stock Hiyashi Chuka packs in the refrigerated section during the hot summer months. I like to use fresh noodles, but you can also use dried noodles or instant ramen noodles.
  • Toppings: I selected egg, cucumber, tomato, atsuage, and furikake (rice seasoning) for this recipe. Atsuage (deep-fried tofu) is a great addition for vegetarians. You can easily substitute it with firm tofu.
  • Sauce: It’s easy to make homemade sauce with rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. For a versatile twist, you can substitute rice vinegar with other types of vinegar or lemon juice. Similarly, you may replace sesame oil with olive oil or vegetable oil to suit your taste preferences.

How To Make Hiyashi Chuka: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For the video and all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

How to make hiyashi chuka.

Step 1

Prepare toppings: cucumber, tomato, atsuage, and egg.

How to make hiyashi chuka.

Step 2

Shake a bottle well to mix the sauce ingredients thoroughly.

How to make hiyashi chuka.

Step 3

Boil ramen noodles and drain.

How to make hiyashi chuka.

Step 4

Assemble the noodles and toppings, and pour the sauce over.

Hiyashi chuka served on a plate.

Your colorful Vegetarian Hiyashi Chuka is ready! Enjoy the taste of summer!

Recipe Tips

  • As you prepare the sauce, taste it, and feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your preferences.
  • Stir the noodles gently while cooking to prevent them from clumping together.
  • Drain the noodles and rinse them under cold water. This step halts the cooking process, cools down the noodles, and makes the noodles firm and springy.
  • When serving, arranging the toppings symmetrically will make the dish look appealing!

Variety of Toppings

Here are some more toppings you can try for this Japanese cold ramen. Experiment and create your combination of toppings, mixing and matching to suit your preferences!

  • Bean Sprouts: Add a crunchy texture and freshness to your Hiyashi Chuka with a generous handful of bean sprouts.
  • Leafy Vegetables: Enhance the nutritional value of your Hiyashi Chuka with a mix of leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, or arugula, providing a burst of color and vitamins.
  • Chili Oil: If you crave heat, drizzle chili oil over your dish to infuse it with a spicy kick.
  • White Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle toasted white sesame seeds for a nutty and aromatic touch, adding depth to the overall taste.
  • Karashi (Hot Mustard): For those who love a bold flavor, Japanese hot yellow mustard brings a fiery tang that pairs perfectly with Hiyashi Chuka.

How To Eat It

How to eat hiyashi chuka.

Just mix the noodles and toppings together and enjoy with chopsticks or a fork! Our 5-year-old girl loves the noodles so much!

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Refreshing Vegetarian Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen Recipe)

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Stay cool this summer with Hiyashi Chuka, the best Japanese cold ramen! Try this delicious and refreshing dish for a delightful taste of Japan!

Ingredients

  • 2 servings Ramen noodles, 220g

Toppings

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Atsuage, or firm tofu, 100g
  • 1 tsp Furikake, optional

Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Water

Instructions

  • Prepare Toppings: Cut the cucumber into thin strips and cut the tomato into bite-sized pieces. Cut the atsuage into thin strips and then cook it in either the oven or a frying pan until it becomes crispy, which usually takes around 5 to 7 minutes. Heat a frying pan, add oil, and cook the beaten eggs into thin omelets. Once cooled, cut the omelets into thin strips.
  • Make the sauce: Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and water in a small bottle and shake the bottle to combine. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed to suit your preferences.
  • Cook the noodles: Boil the ramen noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse them under cold running water to let them cool.
  • Assemble: Place the drained noodles on a serving plate, arrange the toppings on top of the noodles, and pour the sauce over.

Video

Notes

  • As you prepare the sauce, taste it, and feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your preferences.
  • Stir the noodles gently while cooking to prevent them from clumping together.
  • Drain the noodles and rinse them under cold water. This step halts the cooking process and cools down the noodles, ensuring they stay firm and springy.
  • When serving, arranging the toppings symmetrically will make the dish look appealing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 29g
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cold ramen noodles, hiyashi chuka
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