Hi, it’s Yuto (@sudachi.recipe) again.
What is Hiyashi Chuka?
Taste of Summer
In Japan, there are dishes that are particularly popular in summer such as:
- Cold Udon
- Hiyashi Chuka
You can find all of them everywhere during summer like in convenience stores, Chinese style restaurants..
Whereas Somen and Cold Udon tend to be very basic, especially at home, Hiyashi Chuka is always colourful.
Typical ingredients are:
- Fried egg
- Boiled egg
- Ham (Or chashu)
Vegetables used are mostly summer vegetables which makes the dish even more attractive in summer!
Chuka but not a Chinese dish
Chuka often means Chinese food so most people think it's a Chinese dish but the name "Chuka" comes from the style of noodles used.
The name "Hiyashi Chuka" can be different from place to place.
- Hokkaido: Hiyashi Ramen (冷やしラーメン)
- Iwate: Reihumen (冷風麺)
- Taiwan: Japanese style cold Chinese noodles (日式中華涼麺)
In the Tokai area, where I'm from, it often comes with mayonnaise.
Sauce for Hiyashi Chuka
Basic VS Sesame
Two of the most popular sauces for Hiyashi Chuka would be
- Basic (Soy sauce and Rice vinegar base)
- Sesame (Soy sauce and White sesame base)
Basic sauce is a lot thinner and refreshing, and sesame sauce has a thick and rich flavour.
In this recipe, I'm going to make a refreshing basic sauce.