Hiyashi (chilled) Ramen in Philly
I'm beginning to find good ramen in Philly, like Morimoto, so now I'm moving on to... Hiyashi!
Basically cold ramen with mustard and pickled ginger on top, I loved eating it in NYC in summer, even more so than hot ramen. Is there anywhere in Philly that serves it? Even, dare I hope, a good version of it?
None that I can think of... :( FYI, if you are up for it and want to make your own, you can buy Hiyashi at Maido (Japanse grocery store in Narberth)! It's in the frozen food section (citrus flavor and sesame flavor (which is my fav!!!)... they tend to carry them year-around.
Oh cool! Maido is my go to source for low cal Kewpie doll mayo and other tasty snacks (though they are a little more expensive than chinatown and their lunch counter is disappointing)
But... frozen?? How do I eat it, just leave it to defrost in the fridge the day before? Or cook it and then cool it?!
No worries - it's simple :) The ones in the freezer are actually "fresh" noodles (3 servings in a package)... Take it out the night before and keep it in the fridge - it'll defrost just fine (whatever you do, don't use a microwave - the noodles will get stuck together in the process....) and yes, once the noodles are cooked, you'd drain/rinse them with cold water.
At any rate, the package has cooking directions in English, so you'll be just fine!
FYI - I like to serve mine with shredded chicken, eggs (= you'd make an "egg crepe", slice it thin), cucumber and pickled ginger (called "kizami shoga", which Maido also carries) - sprinkle the noodles with some grinded sesame & a little bit of hot mustard...Voilà!!
Hope this helps!
p.s. You can also get "instant/dried" hiyashi noodles in the ramen noodles section, but IMO I don't think they taste as good.