Japanese Summer Dishes

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

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    Cold Somen

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

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    Hiyashi Chuka Noodles

    Hiyashi chuka
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    Hiyashi chuka is a popular summer noodle 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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    Edamame Appetizer

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

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    Vegetable Curry

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    This vegetable curry recipe is a variation on basic Japanese curry. Eggplants add great texture to the curry. Add your favorite summer vegetables.

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    Unagi Rice Bowl

    Unagi bowl
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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 which is topped with glaze-grilled unagi and kabayaki sauce.