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Cool Noodle Salad inspired by Hiyashi Chuka

Photo attribution: Jessica Silldorff
Ready In: 40 minutes
Serves: 6
Refreshing on hot days, this beautiful dish is perfect for making ahead. Keep all ingredients chilled until just before serving.

What you'll need

Small pan
Small bowl
Large skillet
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Spatula or spoon


Serves 6
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
1/4 cup Dashi (japanese Soup Stock) or 1/4 cup Chicken Stock low-sodium
2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Mustard
1 pound Egg Noodles fresh, thin Chinese-style noodles or 8 ounces Angel Hair Pasta
2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
2 Eggs well beaten
1 Chicken Breast cooked, skin removed and meat shredded
4 slices Ham sliced thinly
2 Cucumbers cut into matchsticks (about 6 ounces)
1 1/2 cups Lettuce shredded or 1 cup Bean Sprouts
2 tablespoons Pickled Ginger or 1 1/2 teaspoons Fresh Ginger grated



Step 1 picture
Combine all the sauce ingredients (rice vinegar, dashi, soy sauce, sugar, prepared mustard) in a small pan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool.


Step 2 picture
Cook the noodles in boiling water, about 3 minutes for fresh noodles or 6 minutes for dried. Strain and rinse well with cold water. Drain and toss with half the sesame oil. Set aside.


Step 3 picture
Heat the remaining sesame oil a large, nonstick skillet over low heat. Add the eggs, swirling the pan to make a thin crepe. Cook just until set, about 3 minutes. Flip onto a cutting board and let cool. Cut egg sheet into thin ribbons. Set aside.


Step 4 picture
If using bean sprouts, wilt them in a steamer or microwave, 1 to 2 minutes.


Step 5 picture
Divide noodles among shallow serving bowls. Arrange the chicken, ham, eggs, cucumber, and sprouts (or lettuce) on top, creating wedges of contrasting color.


Step 6 picture
Just before serving, garnish with ginger and drizzle with the sauce.

Chef's Tips

Rinsing the noodles well and coating them with oil prevents them from sticking together.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2.00 cup

Serving Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.4 g11%
Saturated Fat 2.2 g11%
Sodium 453 mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 58.5 g21%
Dietary Fiber 3 g11%
Protein 22 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: