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Topped with sweet tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, savory ham, and golden threads of egg, this easy ramen salad (hiyashi chuka) is the perfect summer meal.

Hiyashi Chūka (Cold Ramen Salad)

Hiyashi Chūka or "chilled ramen" is a cold Japanese ramen salad that's the perfect light meal for a hot summer day. With loads of veggies and protein over a bed of chilled ramen noodles drizzled with a tangy sesame dressing, it's sure to wake your appetite on even the hottest of days.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword ramen, salad
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Noodles
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 864 kcal
Author Marc Matsumoto

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Ramen Salad

  • 240 grams fresh ramen noodles
  • 1 small cucumber see note, julienned
  • 2 small tomatoes sliced into wedges
  • 4 slices ham sliced into thin strips
  • 2 sheets usuyaki tamago sliced into thin threads
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Metric - US Imperial

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by whisking together the water, soy sauce, tahini, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger, salt and white pepper until the dressing is emulsified.
    Whisking the dressing ingredients for Hiyashi Chuka together.
  2. Prepare all the toppings.
    Cutting the cucumber into matchsticks for Hiyashi Chuka.
  3. Boil the noodles according to the package directions.
    Boiling ramen noodles for making chilled ramen salad.
  4. Drain the noodles and wash them with running cold water to remove any excess starch from the surface of the noodles.
    Washing boiled ramen noodles under cold running water.
  5. Put the noodles in a bowl of ice water to chill them, and then drain the noodles well, removing any excess ice.
    Chilling ramen noodles in a bowl of ice water.
  6. Split the noodles between two bowls, and then drizzle with some of the dressing.
    Dressing chilled ramen noodles with sesame dressing.
  7. Arrange the cucumber, tomatoes, ham, and usuyaki tamago on top of the noodles and then garnish with sesame seeds. Serve the hiyashi chuka with extra dressing on the side.
    Plated Hiyashi Chuka with tomatoes, cucumbers, ham, Usuyaki Tamago, and chilled ramen noodles.

Notes:

For the cucumbers you want to use a thin-skinned variety with small seeds such as Japanese, Lebanese, or English.

Nutrition Facts
Hiyashi Chūka (Cold Ramen Salad)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 864 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 4273mg178%
Potassium 824mg24%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 15.6mg19%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 7.4mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.