Kitchen Tips

Cool Noodles: Chilled Recipes for Refreshing Summer Lunches

Don’t relegate your favourite Asian noodles to the winter months. Try our cool noodle recipes for refreshing lunches and dinners all summer long.

Japanese tangy cold cha soba

Also known as ‘zaru soba’ this cleansing cold soba recipe features a tangy citrus dressing and cooling tomatoes and cucumber.

Tangy Cold Cha Soba Noodles

Hiyahsi chuka

Another Japanese summer treat, hiyashi chuka is a cool dish of somen noodles, cucumber, egg and ham, with a sesame dressing and seaweed strips. Why not try it for breakfast one weekend?


Glass noodle salad

This Thai-style glass noodle salad is a complete meal, thanks to its abundance of pork and prawn protein, chilled noodles and salad ingredients.

Glass Noodle Salad Recipe

Chilled somen with dipping sauces

An exercise in Japanese simplicity, these chilled somen noodles are served with a range of dipping sauces and cleansing accompaniments.

Chilled Somen noodles

Vietnamese rice noodle salad

Vibrant vegetables, herbs and sprouts add colour and vitamins to this Vietnamese rice noodle salad, ideal as a light lunch on a hot day.

Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Salad


How do Malaysians beat the heat? With a cooling bowl of cendol in the middle of the afternoon, an intriguing dessert of pandan noodles, palm sugar, ice and coconut milk.

Malaysian Cendol Recipe

For more ways to keep your cool this summer, read our guide to the top 10 ingredients with cooling properties.

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