hiyashi chuka (japanese cold noodle salad)

Hiyashi Chuka (japanese cold noodle salad) 01

Hiyashi Chuka is a Japanese cold noodle salad which is only available in summers. In the past I did not really like it, I always ended up choosing a bowl of hot ramen. However yesterday, we had 31ºC in Basel, and it was not common to have air conditioning like as in Hong Kong. Therefore it made me think of making this cold noodle at home to chill out a bit. It also serves as a great fitness meal. I had all ingredients I needed at home and did not even need to go to the supermarket. It is very easy and quick to prepare so I went swimming in the afternoon to burn some calories and get ready for summer.

To make this cold noodle, it is very flexible, you can choose any vegetables you like,  the objective is to combine different colors of toppings (see below for suggestions) to create a colorful dish, so feel free to use your imagination and create your own. You can just skip the meat if you are vegetarian or if you feel like meat-free one of these days.

My recipe is inspired by the one I found in Wikia, thanks to the author for sharing this.

Serves 2-3 (depending on your appetite)


  • 2 package boiled and drained ramen noodles (see picture)


Toppings (choose as many as you desire):

  • sweet corn or thin strips of pan fried egg
  • thinly sliced cucumbers
  • grated or julienned carrots
  • handful bean sprouts, boil for 1 minute and drain
  • handful pak choi, boiled & cut into thin strips
  • tomatoes, cut into thin strips
  • Choose one:
    • ham, cut into thin strips) or
    • boiled chicken breast, hand teared into strips or
    • cooked prawns (I have used Louisiana peeled shrimps this time bought from ALDI) or
    • crab sticks

Sesame dressing :

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground sesame seeds
  • 6 tbsp sesame paste chinese sesame paste or tahini
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed (optional)
  • 1 tsp  fresh grated ginger (optional, see notes below)


  1. Prepare the toppings as described above and set aside.
  2. Boil the noodles, rinse in cold water to avoid over cook it as well as chill the noodles and drain to remove excess water.
  3. Mix well the seasonings for the sesame dressing in a bowl, make sure the sesame paste is well blended into the rest of the seasonings.
  4. Divide the noodles into 2-3 flat bowls. Place the toppings on top of the noodles.
  5. Serve at room temperature. Pour some dressing on the noodle just before eating.
Hiyashi Chuka (japanese cold noodle salad) 02
  1. You can use chinese egg noodles if ramen is not accessible to you. I personally prefer ramen as I like the slight chewiness.
  2. You can prepare everything a few hours in advance if you like.
  3. I have tried one bowl with garlic and ginger added to the dressing. My personal feeling is that the garlic and ginger is not a must but if you are a garlic lover like me ……..

23 thoughts on “hiyashi chuka (japanese cold noodle salad)

  1. MMMM! Hyashi chuka soba is so nice when the weather is hot. I can’t wait! And it’s always so pretty to look at. I’ve got a couple of recipes that I used over and over last summer, and each time with a different combination of toppings.

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  2. This looks so fresh, light, and delicious! This could be my lunch every day this summer. So many possible variations, it could be slightly different each day!

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  3. Hi Janet first time here n love this place…these colourful bowls remind me of food republic when I was in Hong Kong. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing

  4. MMMM….Janet! It really looks fresh light & delicious! excellent for me!!
    Thanks again for your email with the link from the times online! I read it!
    Well, I have something for you @ my foodblog: I just gave you an award!! Please come over & collect it!

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  5. Hi Sophie, thanks you so much for the award, you are so kind, so nice to know you and glad to see you are cooking some Chinese dishes occasionally and trying the ingredients that you have never used : )

  6. love this noodle.. the colors are so wonderful and refreshing.. sound fabulous.. tried some of Chinese dishes but never this one,, so a must try for this weekend.. thanx

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