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.