If there's one thing that unites us as Asians, it's the fact that we love our noodles. While only second to rice when it comes to being a dining staple, their popularity has grown to be loved by other regions all over the world because of the many tastes and flavours you can do with them. But because they're usually best-enjoyed piping hot with soup, sauces or a variety of toppings and sides, it's not exactly the best meal when summer's at its peak. So what do you do when you're craving for noodles but it's just too hot for soup and broth?
Well, in case you forgot, we also have cold noodles. That's right! Here are just some of the delectable ones you can find in our side of the world.
Plain and simple yet one of the most favourite cold noodle dishes enjoyed all over the world, Zaru soba or cold soba is made from buckwheat flour. Its earthy and nutty flavour makes it a great food item that doesn't require too much flair in preparation, but don't be misled, it isn't short on taste. Often served with tsuyu (a soy-based dipping sauce) and optional garnish like green onions or wasabi, this cold noodle dish proves that eating good food need not be complicated!
Bun thit nuong
Whether you're new to or already a fan of Vietnamese cuisine, one to not miss during this season is the bun thit nuong. Usually described as cold Viet-style vermicelli noodles, it has an assortment of meat, peanuts, and eggrolls tossed in one flavourful salad-like dish. It's often described as one of healthiest dishes you can get in the Vietnam's street food scene (especially at Hue).