It’s officially summer! Let’s say that you woke up with an immense craving for lo mein or tonkatsu ramen but the weather outside is too hot for any hot noodle dishes – no matter which part of Asia it comes from! Luckily, there is a wide variety of cold Asian noodle dishes that you can slurp up to your heart’s content. Let’s find out what they are!
Salad ramen?? How is that possible? Believe it or not, this is very much doable – and delicious! In a small bowl, you will want to stir together vinegar, oil, lime juice, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil. Then cook the noodles in a medium pot filled with boiling salted water. Stir until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water, then put into a medium bowl and toss with some dressing. Use veggies such as summer squash, radishes, carrots, carrots, and scallions.
Cold Soba Noodles
These cold soba noodles are paired up with jammy eggs and peas. They have a fantastic texture – but only if you choose soba that is a blend of wheat and buckwheat. Here’s an abbreviated look at the steps to prepare this Asian noodle dish: Cook the peas until they are tender. Then drain them and put them in a bowl of ice water to cool. Take the opportunity to whisk some chile, kimchi juice, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ginger, sesame oil, and half a teaspoon of chili oil into the pea stock. Cook the soba noodles separately, and don’t forget to transfer the cooked noodles into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Add pea shoots, radishes, tatsoi, and reserved peas. Finally, top with eggs and scallions and drizzle with chili oil before serving. The chili oil should lend some kick.
Cold Noodles with Grilled Lemongrass Shrimp
This Asian noodle dish has a bit more protein content. Start by marinating the shrimp 12 hours before you plan on trying this dish. Cover it up and chill until later. After that, toss the shrimp, lemongrass, chile, garlic, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Then cover this mixture up and chill for an hour. Follow package directions to cook the noodles. Then use tongs or a spider to put the noodles in a colander. Run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Prepare to grill the shrimp – 2 minutes on each side. Then its time to bring everything together – top off the noodles with the shrimp along with carrots, cucumbers, peanuts, herbs, and pickled shallots.
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