For those of you living in the northern hemisphere, summer will soon be here! It's a time of year when the days are longer and the sun beckons to spend time outdoors. But it can also be a season of excessive heat and fatigue followed by a loss of appetite, especially for hot meals.
In this article, we share with you several recipes that are popular in Japan and recommended for hot summer days. We introduce a dish that requires no stove top cooking; refreshing dishes that use vinegar, and other recipes that you can enjoy even in the dead heat of summer!
Hiyashi Chuka / Noodles with Soy Sauce Soup
Think summer version of ramen. That's what hiyashi chuka is. You get chilled noodles with a vinegared sauce that whets your appetite, along with vegetables and ham. It's the perfect dish to ha...
Hiyashi Chuka (chilled Chinese noodles) is a summer staple for Japanese who love ramen. In mid-June, when summer is approaching, signs appear at ramen shops with the declaration, ""We've started cold Chinese noodles again this year!"". This is a timeworn tradition that indicates that summer has indeed arrived.
The soup with the aroma of vinegar and sesame oil is very refreshing, helping the noodles effortlessly down into a happy stomach. Serve with chicken or ham, and plenty of summer vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers.
Tofu Sesame Vinegar Salad
This tofu salad is a delicious and nutritious side dish that you can prepare quickly. The vinegar will stimulate your appetite, too!
This is a simple salad with tofu and green leaves, just cut and serve. It is very healthy because it uses tofu as the main ingredient! Tofu, which is made from soybeans, is a treasure trove of nutrients such as protein and vitamins. The bitterness of the mizuna leaf and the aroma of the myoga (Japanese ginger) will stimulate your appetite.
Serve with a refreshing Japanese dressing made of vinegar and soy sauce. Any leafy greens (lettuce, baby leaves, arugula, etc.) will go well with this dish, so feel free to arrange as you like!
Salmon and Avocado Salad Donburi with Brown Rice
This quick and easy donburi or rice bowl is packed with nutrition, with brown rice, salmon, and vegetables as the main ingredients. All you need to do is cut and serve!
Are you looking for the perfect rice dish for the hot season? If so, try this Salmon and Avocado Salad Donburi.
It's easy to make on a busy schedule--all you have to do is cook brown rice and arrange the cut ingredients on top. Salmon and avocado are a perfect match, and the mild sauce of miso and honey goes well with it. You can get a well-balanced meal of rice, fish, and vegetables in one bowl. Give it a try!
Matcha Milk Agar Jello / Matcha Milk Kanten
Imagine this: creamy milk tempered with matcha in the texture of jelly. This delicious dessert caters to all ages, and even to people who are not too fond of sweets.
When the temperature is too hot to work up an appetite, a cool sweet dessert is sometimes all that you can manage.
On days like this, how about making this Matcha milk agar jello?
The mild taste of milk and the slightly bitter aroma of matcha will leave a refreshing taste. Also, agar is rich in dietary fiber, which is effective for constipation, but also plays a role in suppressing the rise of blood sugar levels and lowering blood cholesterol.
You can have your cake (or jello) and eat it with this delicious and healthy summer treat!
Get Through the Summer with Cool Japanese Food
No matter how hot it gets, eating is a daily routine that ensures essential nutrients to nourish the body. All the better when we can get plenty of nutrition in a tasty way.
We have introduced some refreshing Japanese-style flavors using vinegar and soy sauce, and desserts that are not excessively sweet.
Try a few at home and discover a go to summer dish!