It's over 90 degrees in Denver today, but a hearty lunch or dinner still sounds good. Chilled Asian noodle dishes are more refreshing and brighter for these hot summer days than your typical noodle or pasta dish. From the cha-soba at Glaze by Sasa to the albacore chilled noodles at Bones, these balanced noodle dishes will hit the spot and keep you cool.
Uncle was recently named as one of the top 21 ramen shops in the country by Thrillist. As most of us know, its hot ramen dishes are well-worth the sometimes substantial wait, but the cold sesame noodle dish is a great option on a hot summer night. The dish consists of cold spicy sesame noodles with chicken, apple, spinach, and cashews and will have you craving more.
Glaze by Sasa is the newest addition to the quaint but dense Congress Park neighborhood. The restaurant has the usual sushi suspects as well as unique desserts such as baum cake. One of the best dishes of the menu is the cha-soba consisting of chilled soba noodles, fresh grated wasabi, nori, and shiso. Mountain yam can also be added to the dish.
Bones, an Asian fusion noodle house from restaurateur Frank Bonanno, is the home of some of Denver's favorite dishes such as lobster ramen or the pork belly steamed buns. You may go for these staples, but be sure to check out the albacore chilled noodles with cucumber, daikon, avocado, sushi rice, poached egg, furikake, and ponzu.
If you're in the mood for an authentic Japanese food experience head to Domo Restaurant and try one of the hibachi tsukemen or "summer style" cold noodle sets. The restaurant offers this option during the warm summer months as an alternative to hot broth. There are over around eight cold noodle dishes to try — from dashi miso to curry to dashi shoyu with your choice for ramen, udon or soba noodles.
— By Katy Hume