Japanese Summer Dishes

Here are popular summer dishes which are good for keeping cool or beating the heat.

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    Cold Somen

    Japanese Cold Somen Noodles

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    Boiled and cold somen (thin wheat noodles) are served with dipping soup and various toppings.

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    Hiyashi Chuka Noodles

    Hiyashi Chuka (Japanese Cold Noodles)

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    Hiyashi chuka noodles is a popular summer dish. It's like a noodle salad. Restaurants in Japan serve hiyashi chuka only during the summer. Colorfully served hiyashi chuka can be very appetizing.

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    Salt-Boiled Edamame

    Boiled Edamame

    The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

    Salt-boiled edamame in pods is eaten by squeezing beans out of pods with fingers. It's a popular Japanese summer appetizer and goes well with a cold beer.

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    Japanese Broiled Unagi Eel With Rice

    Japanese Broiled Unagi Eel With Rice
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    It's said unagi gives us stamina, and it's consumed the most during the summer in Japan. This is a basic Japanese unagi rice bowl that is topped with glaze-grilled unagi and kabayaki sauce.