Give your dishes an exciting flavour oomph with 8 amazing Asian dipping sauces!
Summertime is best enjoyed with cooling foods. Besides tasteful salads and icy desserts, there’s also a unique category of Asian dishes that’s perfect to ease the summer heat, excite your taste buds and satiate your appetite—cold noodles flavoured with savoury, piquant and soothing ingredients, paired with a mix of yummy textures. Want a taste? Read on to discover 6 of Asia’s favourite cold noodle dishes!
Cold Soba (Zaru Soba)
Japanese Soba buckwheat noodles have a natural nutty flavour. Just boil to soften, then rinse in cold running water to make the iconic Zaru Soba. Topped with nori seaweed and spring onions, and savoured with the umami Mentsuyu dip sauce. Easy to cook, yummy to slurp.
Cold Ramen (Hiyashi Chuka)
Hiyashi Chuka is a beloved Japanese summer treat. Tender, scrumptious cold ramen noodles, paired with savoury ham and omelette, nutty-sweet corn, tangy tomato, zesty pickled red ginger, cooling bean sprouts, lettuce and cucumber; lathered in a richly savoury sauce blend for a full-bodied flavour. Make yours fresh with Chef Masa’s authentic recipe!
Korean Cold Noodle Soup (Mu Naengmyeon)
Naengmyeon is Korean buckwheat noodles with a nutty flavour and fragrance similar to Japanese Soba. Especially enjoyed during summer in a cold, vinegary and savoury soup with tender beef, eggs and a combo of crunchy cucumber, Korean pear and Korean pickled radish. Delicious, cooling and deeply satisfying. Try it with Chef Heather Jeong’s authentic recipe.
Chilli Cold Sweet Potato Noodles (Bibim Dangmyeon)
Packed with cooling veggies, Korean eomuk fried fish slices, and dangmyeon sweet potato noodles. Flavoured with a sauce blend of spicy, savoury, sweet and tangy ingredients. This Korean one-bowl wonder is a burst of zesty, yummy tastes and textures that’s sure to whet your appetite.
Thai Glass Noodles with Mince Meat
Made from tapioca starch and water, the soft, translucent glass noodles have a natural cooling taste and can easily soak up the flavours of your sauces and seasoning ingredients. In this popular Thai cold dish, the glass noodle is paired with scrumptious pork or chicken mince, savoury dried shrimp, and mushrooms. Enriched with a simple blend of lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and dried red chilli for a tangy, zesty and savoury oomph in every slurp. Have a taste with our easy recipe!
Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken
Vermicelli noodles are thin, soft and chewy, often served in soup and stir-fried dishes; but are also yummy with just a sauce blend and paired with veggies and meat. This Vietnamese delight serves the noodles cool, with richly marinated lemongrass chicken fillets and an assortment of cooling veggies. Flavoured with the classic spicy, tangy and savoury Nuoc Cham dip sauce. An appetizing and scrumptious darling to jazz up your summer meals!
More Summer Treats
Asian summer dishes like the recipes above are often packed with cooling veggies and juicy fruits. Come check out our favourite summer ingredients, or savour the variety of delicious and cooling mango treats!