Our Best Asian Cold Noodle Recipes for the Most Refreshing Meals Possible

Get 'em while they're cold, folks

You're no doubt familiar with cult-loved Asian noodle soups like Japan's ramen, Thailand's khao soi, or Vietnam's pho. And while these steamy, savory bowls make for some of our favorite Asian and Southeast Asian recipes, they can get a little laborious during the hotter months (to note, we at SAVEUR love noodle soup year-round).

But if you want to get your slurp-able noodle fix during the summer without busting sweat, consider the world of Asian cold noodles. Often served with warm dipping sauces, these noodle dishes come chilled or room temperature, but still deliver the same blast of flavor as their boiling counterparts. Vietnam's iconic bun cha is a great example, laden with pork and served with sweet-sour fish sauce, as well as Japanese soba—an ancient noodle art worth getting to know. From Chinese sesame noodles to Korean jaengban guksu, here are our best Asian cold noodle recipes to try this summer.

Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodles (Jaengban Guksu)

Korean Soba Salad
Don't be fooled by the vegetable-heavy spread; this dish is sure to fill you up. A medley of thinly sliced vegetables is piled up with a mound of cold buckwheat noodles. They're dressed with a slurpable spicy and savory gochujang sauce that makes for a Korean take on a chef's salad. Get the recipe for Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodles (Jaengban Guksu) »Matt Taylor-Gross

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns
A miso marinade doubles as a dressing for a flavorful salad composed of watercress, scallions, and soba noodles. Get the recipe for Soba Noodle Salad with Miso and Grilled Prawns »Farideh Sadeghin

Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette

Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette
This refreshing salad of soba noodles tossed with winter greens and mixed vegetables is brought together by a tart dressing of miso, ginger juice, and lemon. Get the recipe for Soba Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette »Dylan + Jeni

Soba Noodles with Two Dipping Sauces

Soba Noodles with Two Dipping Sauces
In this preparation, cold soba noodles are eaten with two dipping sauces: one made of dashi and the other a homemade, lightly sweetened walnut paste. Get the recipe for Soba Noodles with Two Dipping Sauces »Dylan + Jeni

Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu

Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu
Instead of the cookout-classic pasta salad, serve this refreshing Asian noodle dish zipped up with crunchy vegetables. Get the recipe for Soba Salad with Marinated Cucumber and Ponzu »Drew Anthony Smith

Sesame Noodles

Sesame Noodles
A garnish of chopped peanuts and slivered cucumber and carrot add crunch to the silky, savory Chinese-American noodle dish. Get the recipe for Sesame Noodles »Maxime Iattoni

Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad (Bun Cha)

Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad (Bun Cha)
These tender pork meatballs in a savory broth are served family-style with thin rice noodles, crisp lettuce, and fresh herbs. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Pork Meatball and Noodle Salad (Bun Cha) »Helen Rosner