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Jul 5, 2007 10:41 AM

Hiyashi chuuka (Japanese cold noodle salad)?

Does anyone know of Japanese restaurants in the downtown area that serve this summer dish? It's essentially cold ramen noodles (although most that I have had involved a premium, very chewy noodle) topped with slivers of ham, fried egg, carrot, cabbage and other vegetables with a very sweet/vinegary dipping sauce. Alternatively, can anyone recommend the appropriate noodle to make the dish at home? I used to get this regularly in NYC, but this dish is hard to find in Chicago. I get blank stares when I ask about it.

I found this recipe, which for some reason recommends angel hair pasta, so it might give you a better idea of what I mean.

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  1. Funny you should ask. I asked Chowhound TonyC for a Chicagoland recommendation via email last week and I still await a reply. [He recently left Chicago for Los Angeles.] I even included one of Melanie Wong's photos from an October '06 Bay Area Board post:

    At any rate, let's hope that he replies.

    In the meantime, I'm gonna ask my favourite itame at Itto Sushi some questions this weekend... <smile>


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    1. re: Erik M

      That pic made me HUNGRY. If you hear of a local place, please let me know...and thanks.

      1. re: Pete Oldtown

        hah. SORRY dude,

        I just saw hiyashi chuuka on the menu of a ramen shop yesterday... but it's on Atlantic Blvd. and hence in the SGV, and hence nowhere near Chicago and hence... you know.. rendering my reply completely unhelpful... not to mention this is a piss-poor excuse of a ramen place operated by Chinese folks...

        Foo Foo Tei Ramen
        750 S Atlantic Blvd.
        Monterey Park, CA 91755

        that said, I know at International Plaza, you can get a plate of cold ramen noodle done... Taiwanese style. And surely one of the joints in the NW burbs can serve this? Kitakata perhaps? It is a self-proclaimed ramen house, no?

        Sorry, I'm a bit useless on this one

        1. re: TonyC

          Thanks, T.

          I know it's readily available in LA, but I'm not coming back until summer's end. Right now this Chicago heat has me craving it, so that's why I thought I'd ask. <smile> I'll check Kitakata again, but the last time I checked they said that they didn't offer it.

          BTW, Pete, if you'll settle for OK soup-style ramen, at least, you should check out Kitakana. It's not up to Bay Area or LA standards, but it's one of the best around. Oh, and when you are out that way, be sure to check out the ramen joint in the food court at Mitsuwa. Their spicy miso ramen with kurobota pork is pretty tasty.

          Oh yeah, I almost forgot, TonyC and I have already talked about ramen here before. <smile>

          20 East Golf Rd.
          Arlington Heights

          Mitsuwa Market
          100 E. Algonquin Rd.
          Arlington Heights


          1. re: Erik M

            Thanks, Eric. I've been meaning to try both, but am car-less. I do get out that way from time to time though.

            There was a small Japanese restaurant an ex-girlfriend took me to a few years back. It's just barely in Chicago, I think, far north and pretty far west. We drove from Evanston, and it was terra incognita to me. However, when I asked them about Hiyashi noodles, they were happy to make a very decent version for me. But I can't remember the name of the place. It's at the corner of a small strip mall, but that's all I can remember.

            1. re: Pete Oldtown

              That sounds like Renga-Tei.

              Renga Tei
              3956 W Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

              1. re: Amata

                BINGO. Thank you. I really recommend this place, btw, if it has kept to the standard it had when I was last there. Excellent service, too.

    2. The proper name of this dish is Hiyashi Chuka and it is a Chinese dish. I just Made it at home and it turned out great ! The recipe is very simple and easy to find anywhere. You can fide more info here

      I LOVE this dish !!!