When we made our Noodles with Miso Sesame Sauce kit, we took inspiration from this traditional Japanese summer noodle salad. Hiyashi chuka typically features a sesame0-flavored dressing with a good hit of vinegar served over cold ramen noodles. The chewiness of our noodles really shines in this preparation. For our version of hiyashi chuka dressing, we added miso, one of our very favorite super foods—a tremendous fermented soybean paste rich in protein, vitamin b, e, k, folic acid that’s also great for your gut health. We used toasted tahini for a creamy mouthfeel, super high quality soy sauce for added depth, and organic everything because that’s what we believe in!
This dish whips up in no-time. If you aren’t in the heart of summer, think creatively and replace ingredients with seasonal alternatives—roasted beets for tomatoes, sautéed greens for blanched green beans, steamed winter squash for cucumber, etc etc etc! The options are limitless.
The traditional presentation is to place each ingredient over the top in a colorful pinwheel. We’ve included ham because it’s typical but you can use poached chicken or shrimp if you prefer and can easily make this vegetarian by omitting the ham or replacing it with sautéed mushrooms, tempeh, or fried tofu. The most involved steps are cooking egg and blanching green beans. Don’t want to bother? Skip those steps! What matters is showcasing a diversity of colors and textures, and enjoying every bite!
Active time: 10 minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Makes 2 servings
2 teaspoons neutral oil
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1/2 carrot, peeled or unpeeled - your choice!
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 pound ham, cut into matchsticks
1/4 pound green beans
1 package Umi Organic Noodles with Miso Sesame Sauce
Toasted sesame seeds
Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil.
Cook the Egg: While the water is heating, beat the eggs in a small bowl with a small pinch of salt. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of neutral oil and lift the pan to spread oil to every corner. Pour in half the egg or enough to just coat the bottom of the pan, lift the pan from the heat and swirl so the egg covers the bottom. Return to the heat and cook about 45 seconds until cooked through. Flip pan over a cutting board to release the egg and repeat with second half of oil and egg. Once all the egg is cooked, pile the thin omelettes on top of each other like sheet of paper and then roll them up like a scroll and cut down the length to make what’s called “golden threads” in Japan. Set aside.
Prep the Veggies: Peel the cucumber. Cut into 2-inch lengths. Cut each length into thin sheets, lay them on top of each other, and cut lengthwise to make matchsticks. Repeat this process with the carrot. Set aside.
Cut the green onions, tomato and ham as described above.
Snap the ends off of the green beans. Once the water is at a full boil, drop the green beans in and cook about 2 minutes or until just tender. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove from the water to a colander, making sure the keep the water at a rapid boil, and rinse under cold running water until chilled or shock in a bowl of ice water. Set aside, leaving the colander in the sink.
Cook the Noodles: Tease apart the noodles and drop into the boiling water. Start a timer for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally to loosen the noodles. When the timer rings, drain the noodles in the colander and rinse under cold running water, using your fingers once the noodle have cooled a little to make sure all the noodles get chilled. Shake out the water thoroughly.
Add noodles to a bowl and toss with Miso Sesame Sauce. Put half in another bowl. Top each bowl with the toppings, working in a circle to create a colorful pinwheel. Enjoy!