MISSDISH | Broke & Cooking’s Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) Recipe
Anyone lucky enough to visit Japan knows the magic of 7-11, Lawson's, and Family Mart grab-and-go food. Everything you stumble upon is absolutely delicious - onigiri, pastries, sushi, rice and noodle dishes. The quality and flavor of every snack is pretty incredible...I recently returned from my first trip to Japan and quickly became addicted to the Hiyashi Chuka at 7-11. Hiyashi Chuka translates to "Chilled Chinese" lol! It's a Japanese dish of cold ramen noodles with various toppings and a delicious soy-sesame dressing. My fav part was the addition of Japanese Karashi mustard, which has a little heat to it.
Cold ramen is a great way to cool down in the Spring/Summer! Hiyashi Chuka can be made with a variety of toppings, but popular ones include: pickled ginger, beansprouts, cucumber, ham, shrimp, strips of egg crepe, imitation crab, nori strips, wake seaweed, and sesame seeds. Some other yummy ideas are carrots, shredded steamed chicken, tofu, or even tomatoes. The options are endless and the dressing is so yummy it'll pull any combo together. Let's get cookin'.
What You Need:
1 package of Chukamen noodles
2 pieces ham, cut into strips
1 small cucumber, julienned
2-4 imitation crab sticks, shredded
1/2 tomato, cut into wedges
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Shredded steamed chicken
Nori seaweed strips
Pickled red ginger (beni shoga)
Roasted white sesame seeds
Hard boiled egg
For The Egg Crepe:
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp salt
For The Dressing:
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp grated ginger
What To Do:
1. Prepare the ramen according to the package directions. Set aside and let the noodles cool.
2. Prepare all your toppings! There are a ton of options, but today I'm using strips of egg crepe, hard boiled eggs, imitation crab, ham, and cucumber. I'm missing my fav, pickled ginger, but it's super expensive in HK!
3. Shred your protein, prepare the hard boiled eggs, and julienne your veggies.
4. To make the egg crepe, whisk together 2 eggs with 1/4 tsp salt. Heat a pan with a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and allow it to cook thru in a thin, even layer. Remove and cool, then slice into thin strips.
5. Almost done! Mix up the ingredients for the dressing: 1/3 cup water, 3 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp sesame oil. You can also add an extra kick from freshly grated ginger or Japanese Karashi mustard.
That's it! Serve the cold ramen by placing all the yummy toppings over the noodles, and drizzling the sauce over the top. Some nice additions are nori strips, sesame seeds, or even furikake!! Mix it up, toss it, and dig in. Check out other simple recipes on brokeandcooking.com.