Indian summer hiyashi chuka for a no cook dinner

Elizabeth Rust
The recipe swap
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3 min readSep 6, 2021

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It’s hot again in London.

Lately the city has been battered by torrential rain and then extreme humid heat. It’s like living on an island off Thailand, without the beautiful beaches and delicious spicy food.

But no matter the heat, pubs still serve a roast dinner on Sunday with a stodgy Yorkshire pudding when all I crave is a fresh tomato salad and an Aperol spritz.

The British can be set in their ways, always falling towards nostalgia rather than the future and always requiring a hot Sunday roast lunch. I believe this is why so many of my friends live in poorly ventilated Victorian homes that are cold in the winter, hot in the summer but full of character with creaky floorboards and decorative crown molding — they may look beautiful, but are very impractical in our climate change emergency.

Postcard sent from Saaya

In Japan when the weather is hot, they stay away from a heated kitchen. Instead of baking, they enjoy cold noodle dishes like hiyashi chuka.

I was sent a recipe for hiyashi chuka from Saaya who lives in Tokyo. She tells me that she enjoys eating this cold dish with sliced ham and vegetables with other…

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Elizabeth Rust
The recipe swap

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