In Vietnam, these days are the hottest period of the year. Cold and chilled dishes with soft flavor, therefore, are more favourable than ever. Whilst Japanese is always referred to as the homeland of four seasons, it has been also famous for foods with ingredients, tastes and temperature specially served for each seasons. If you are a Japanese food lovers, you will not miss these following this summer in Hanoi:
1. Hiyashi Chuka
Hiyashi Chuka is a general name to call some common Japanese noodles, including: cold ramen, cold udon, and cold soba. It is the same as a cold noodle salad, served with various popular colorful toppings like strips of egg crepes, cucumber, ham, imitation crab, red ginger, carrot, sprout and etc. Soy sauce and vinegar is poured over the noodles and toppings before eating. With these ingredients, Hiyashi Chuka is a perfect nutritious food to cool your temperature down in summer. Beyond that, if you are a vegetarian, feel free to enjoy your favorite veggies instead of ham, shrimp or imitation crab.
There are some high-quality Japanese restaurants for you to enjoy this stunning dish in Hanoi:
- Hachi ju hachi restaurant: 168A Xuan Dieu, Quang An, Tay Ho.
- Azuma restaurant: Lake Side Hotel, No 23 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
2. Cold Somen
Another cold noodle you cannot miss in this summer is traditional cold somen. Unlike hiyashi chuka, this cold noodle is thin and even served with ice or diluted soy sauce or fish sauce.
You can check out cold somen in:
- Aotake Japanese restaurant: 8A Luu Huu Phuoc, My Dinh 2, Hanoi
- Sura Sushi: No 13, 2C, Trung Hoa, Trung Yen, Cau Giay, Ha Noi
Unagi, charcoal roasted eel, is a relatively expensive delicacy in Japan, prized for both the flavor and its legendary stamina-giving properties. You may find that such a grilled dish is unable to cool down your hot temperature, but actually, in Japan, Unagi is consumed the most during “day of the Ox” on the lunar calendar (the hottest part of the summer). With omega 3, vitamins and protein, the dish helps to boost your mood, vitality and strength during summer. To enjoy Unagi of rich flavor, with an appetizing texture, crisp on the outside but succulent and tender on the inside, a good Japanese restaurant is advisable.
So take chance to try these in Hanoi:
- Takitaki Restaurant: No 20 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
- Miwa Japanese Restaurant: No 31 Lang Ha, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
4. Rei Shabu
Whilst shabu shabu is a favorite hot pot in winter, rei shabu, more like a cold salad with boiled thinly sliced pork is another alternative for such swelter days. The chilled boiled pork is put into cold water, eaten with raw vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber, carrot strips, green beans. It is absolutely more delicious to be topped with sesame, ginger or ponzu sauce.
You can try this fresh food in:
- Akaari Japanese Restaurant: A105-106, D5 Tran Thai Tong, Cau Giay, Hanoi.
Kuzu-mochi is a traditional summer dessert of Japanese. This chilled dish is made from starchy kudzu (arrowroot), along with Japanese brown sugar syrup drizzled on top and ground roasted soybeans kinako powder. All are mixed together to creat a harmonious mix of sweet goopiness that will help cool you down in such hot days.