While there’s nothing we love more than a hot and steaming bowl of noodles, when the temperature goes up, it’s time to swap it in for something more refreshing. Beat the heat and soothe your cravings with some of the best chilled dishes you’ve ever had.
From Tsukemen to Dan Dan noodles, there’s enough variety to suit your taste. Luckily for us, Central is known for serving some of the best cold noodles in town.
If you’ve ever wondered what Ramen lovers eat when it's hot, it’s Tsukemen. One of the few places in Hong Kong which specializes in this traditional dish, Shugetsu is the ideal spot to cool down over a nice bowl of beautifully textured noodles, served with a side of broth or sauce. The Spicy Tsukemen (HK$91 – HK$132) as well as the Shugetsu Tsukemen (HK$89 – HK$112) are both signature bites, which are meant to be dipped in their decadent sauces — a match made in ramen heaven.
5 Gough Street, Central; +852 2850 6009
There’s nothing that tastes quite as refreshing and wholesome as a plate filled with Vietnamese delicacies. BEP serves some of the best Bun Cha (HK$75 – HK$90) in town, with every type of topping you can imagine. The white rice noodles come with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce, fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. Pick your protein from honey-glazed pork cutlet (HK$85) to skewers with lemongrass prawns (HK$90).
G/F, 88 – 90 Wellington Street, Central; +852 2581 9992
Looking for something authentic? Tokio Joe knows a thing or two about cooking up simplistic dishes that never lack in flavour. Sticking to traditional Japanese cuisine, the Zaru Soba noodles (HK$125) are a chilled delicacy that has been enjoyed as the ultimate summer dish for decades.
G/F, 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central; +852 2525 1889
Specializing in Osaka-style chicken broth, the dishes at Zagin Soba are rich in flavour and smooth in texture. The Tsukemen (HK$148) comes with a creamy dipping broth, slices of chicken breast and topped with deep-fried burdock, creating a glorious finishing touch to a very unique bowl of cooling ramen.
G/F, 7 Gough Street, Central; +852 24771398
298 Nikuya Room
Sometimes you want to have your cold noodles and eat your beef too, that’s when places like 298 Nikuya Room feel like a blessing. Known for their Yakiniku BBQ-style dishes, the 298 signature cold noodles as well as the Dan Dan cold noodles (both HK$100) are sensational alone or with a side of meat.
298 Nikuya Room
2/F, Pearl Oriental House, 60 Stanley Street, Central; +852 3568 9298
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