Think it’s too hot for ramen? Think again. There’s a whole world of Japanese noodle preparations, and one cold ramen dish is perfect for summer: hiyashi chuka.

Hiyashi chuka uses the same delicious ramen noodles as a traditional tonkatsu soup, but dresses them up for summer. In this chilled dish the noodles are cooked quickly in boiling water, then tossed in a simple sauce. There’s no hot broth, and no need to turn on the oven. From there the noodles can be a canvas to show off your most beautiful summer produce and favorite proteins. 

Hiyashi chuka dressings are typically made from a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar. Some recipes incorporate blended spices or seeds for additional crunch and flavor. When it comes to the toppings, it’s time to get creative. Cooked proteins, marinated vegetables, and soft boiled eggs are all great choices. 

Check out the recipes below for inspiration: 

A summery chilled ramen with chicken, corn, and tomatoes 

cold ramen with chicken
This version is topped with sesame seeds and poppy seeds for extra crunch and flavor

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Cold ramen topped with crunchy cucumbers, a soft boiled egg, and green beans 

Marinated cucumbers add crunch and zip to this dish

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Bright and light noodles with tomatoes, corn, and arugula 

chilled ramen with arugula
This chilled ramen dish shows off the best of summer produce

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