Hiyashi-chuuka (冷やし中華) sauce (★★★★★) and a busy blender afternoon

My wife and kids are still away, which means I’ve been fending for myself.  Just this afternoon I made a green smoothie (two small apples, four large sticks of celery, half a bag of spinach, some lemon juice, half a green bell pepper and a few ice cubes), peanut butter and a frozen mocha drink.  My wife’s cooking is both delicious and very healthy, and I’m regularly drinking green smoothies while she’s away in hopes of keeping the fruits and vegetables a reasonable chunk of my diet, they’re easy to make and easy to drink.  So far I think I’ve fended for myself pretty well.

One of the things I plan to cook for myself in the next few days is Hiyashi Chuuka, which is several orders of magnitude better than any explanation of it that I give will sound, but essentially, it’s chilled ramen(-esque) noodles with a soy and miso or sesame based sauce usually topped with some combination of sliced cucumbers, egg, ham, carrots and/or tomatoes.  Like I said, it’s way better than I make it sound, and with the sesame dressing, it’s one of my top five favorite meals.

The recipe for the sauce is simple enough, and is somewhat similar to the Creamy Sesame Dipping Sauce we use for vegetables dipping, in that they both start by blending a good amount of white sesame seeds.  Once the sauce is made, chopping up the vegetables, egg and ham is also easy, and the noodles just need to be cooked and chilled.  The only tricky thing about trying to make this dish in the states is that finding the right kind of noodles.  While cheap instant ramen is definitely not the right kind of noodle, you can use those noodles in a pinch (just throw the seasoning packet away) and it’s not bad.

Here’s the recipe for the sauce:

Hiyashi-chuuka (冷やし中華) Sauce (★★★)
3 tablespoons of white sesame seeds
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 tablespoon of rice vinegar (can be substituted with other vinegars if necessary)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Chicken bouillon (half of an extra large cube)
Water 4 table spoon
First, blend the white sesame first into powder, then add other ingredients and blend.  Chill before serving.

That should be enough to serve between 2-4 people, depending on how much sauce people want and the portion size.  Just pour that over the noodles and toppings, and then eat.

Definitely one of my favorite things to eat, and while instant ramen noodles don’t do it justice, if you haven’t had this before, and they’re the only noodles you have available, it’s still very good that way. 🙂

    • Victoria Yates
    • December 23rd, 2013

    Hi I had a quick read of you blog, I am worried now I have bought the 5200 it may not be good enough maybe I should have waited to research the 750 instead of rush in to buy the 5200. Will I regret the 5200 and always be pining for the 750?

    • Victoria,

      Thanks for message! I think you might be confusing the 750 with the 7500, which makes a lot of sense.

      The 750 Professional Series is the most expensive version of the the new blender family, and includes five pre-programmed settings.

      The 7500 is the standard version of the new blender line, which doesn’t include pre-programmed settings, just a dial from 1-10, similar to the 5200, with a pulse switch instead of a “high” switch like you find on the 5200.

      As for whether or not the 7500 is worth the extra money, I actually tried to answer that tricky question with this post: https://meandmyblender.com/2012/11/23/is-the-vitamix-7500-worth-the-extra-money/

      In short, I don’t think most people would care about the difference, and the 5200 is the tried and true Vitamix design that’s been around the longest…but if I were buying one today, I would personally prefer the 7500, unless the delta between the two was too high to justify.

      Both are fantastic, but if it’s something you’re concerned about, as long as you bought from Vitamix directly, they’re great about returns (I experienced this first hand), and you can’t really go wrong as long as you’re comfortable with whichever model you end up with!

        • Victoria Yates
        • December 26th, 2013

        Thanks for that!! I will think about my options.

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