Here are popular summer dishes which are good for keeping cool or beating the heat.
Hiyashi chuka is a popular summer noodle dish. It's like a noodle salad. Restaurants in Japan serve hiyashi chuka only during the summer. Colorfully served hiyashi chuka can be very appetizing.
Salt-boiled edamame in pods are eaten by squeezing beans out of pods with fingers. It's a popular Japanese summer appetizer and go well with cold beer.
Hiyayakko is the simplest and most popular tofu dish. All you need to do is place toppings on top of chilled tofu. It's a great summer appetizer or side dish.
Rei-shabu is cold shabu shabu. When it's too hot to eat shabu shabu, this dish is a great alternative. It's a nutritious dish to eat lots of vegetables with meat.
This vegetable curry recipe is a variation on basic Japanese curry. Eggplants add great texture to the curry. Add your favorite summer vegetables.
It's said unagi gives us stamina, and it's consumed the most during the summer in Japan. This is a basic Japanese unagi rice bowl which is topped with glaze-grilled unagi and kabayaki sauce.
This dish is called age-bitashi as age means deep-frying and bitashi means marinating in Japanese cooking. Chilled age-bitashi is a great summer dish.