As summer is coming in Japan, climate here is getting hot and humid. Since Japan is consisted of some islands and surrounded by ocean, air is moisture-laden and it makes people feel hot even if degree is not high.
What is good to eat when you are hot is Hiyashi-chuka in Japan. Hiyashi-chuka (冷やし中華、ひやしちゅうか) is one of the represent summer dish which is noodles served cold in a bowl with bits of meat and vegetables. Hiyashi means cold and Chuka means China (because noodles come from China). As temperature is getting high, you can see the sign “we began to serve Hiyashi-chuka” at many restaurants, and it makes Japanese people feel want to have cool and tasty dish. These are a kind of summer things Japanese.
Here is an example of Hiyashi-chuka which is served in my mother’s restaurant.
Noodles are boiled first, and cooled quickly with water. As you can see from the photo, display above the noodles is important. Following my mother’s way, she uses tomato, chopped cucumber, seaweed, seasoned jellyfish, roasted pork fillet (called Chah-shu, チャーシュー), chopped Tamagoyaki which is a sweetened and soy-flavored omelet, and Benishouga which is pickled ginger tinted with red food dye. People eat this dish putting soy-based sauce, and some people prefer Japanese mustard with the dish. The top display very depends on every family. People sometimes put melon or water melon on the top; I don’t like that way to eat Hiyashi-chuka though.
Hiyashi-chuka is very nutritious dish for people who are tired of hot weather. Besides, it cools your hot body and you can taste it very deliciously! To over come hot summer in Japan, Hiyashi-chuka will help you.