Sure, cold desserts are easy to find, but when you're hungry for lunch or dinner in the middle of a scorching hot summer, a hot dish won't always work. Instead of turning to an icy-cold salad, here's a list of cold noodles to fill you up and keep you cool.
This dive bar isn't the first place you'd think to have Vietnamese food, but it turns out they serve some of the best in Dallas. Cosmo's Bun Thit Nuong vermicelli bowl is a cold noodle dish made with pork belly and topped with peanuts, an egg roll, and freshly-cut cucumbers and carrots. 1212 Skillman St., Dallas.
Hello Dumpling popped up in east Dallas last summer to serve Beijing street food. Their menu includes dumplings, skewers and lots of noodles. The four handmade sauce noodles are served warm or at room temperature, so they're not exactly cold, but they're pretty darn tasty. Pictured at the top of this story is the sesame noodle: noodles tossed in sesame-peanut sauce with fresh cucumbers, carrots and bean sprouts. 1146 Peavy Road, Dallas.
This modern Chinese restaurant is one of the newest additions to the Statler hotel in downtown Dallas, and its menu includes a variety of twists on Chinese staples. The chilled dan dan noodles come topped with pork ragu, chili oil, crushed peanuts and chopped green onions. It's the colder, soup-less option of the classic Sichuan dish — and it's totally delicious. 1914 Commerce St., Dallas.
R & B
The other addition to The Statler is R & B, which stands for ramen and bao. Among the noodles and dumplings that R & B offers, there's a cold ramen dish called the tomato mazeman — chilled ramen, heirloom tomatoes, thai basil, tare sauce, tofu and nori. 1914 Commerce St., Dallas.
A restaurant that has wowed critics time and time again, Tei-An is one of the few places in the U.S. that makes traditional cold soba noodles, says server Anthony Ho. The buckwheat noodles, which are handmade in-house by Dallas chef Teiichi Sakurai, are served ice cold on a bamboo tray with soba dipping sauce. After the noodles are gone, the sauce is then mixed with hot soba water for the customer to drink. 1722 Routh St. Dallas.
Ikigai Udon's motto is to serve "the perfect bowl of udon," and that means bowls of noodles that are hot or cold. Seven dishes on the menu are chilled udon noodles and four are salads. The cold tsuke noodles are drizzled in dashi-shoyu sauce, a traditional Japanese broth, and topped with green onions, pickled ginger and tempura flakes. The sweet beef salad udon — salad, cucumber, sliced carrots, cherry tomatoes, braised beef in sesame garlic dressing with noodles on the side — is equally refreshing. 8245 Preston Road, Plano.
Dallas is in no shortage of Asian cuisine. Dalat Restaurant serves Vietnamese vermicelli bowls stuffed with vegetables and a choice of beef, pork, chicken, tofu or shrimp, sitting pretty on a bed of cold rice noodles. 2537 N Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas.
The noodles at Imperial Cuisine come in three forms: egg noodles, shaved -- wide, short and chewy noodles -- and hand cut, which are long and thin. The Chengdu cold noodles, named after a Chinese province, are made with egg noodles, peanuts, green onions and are tossed in a sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar and chili oil. Pro tip: The shaved and hand cut noodles are made fresh to order, and customers can actually watch the chef make their noodles in front of them. 101 S. Coit Road, Richardson.
The noodle house is now down to two locations in D-FW, but the only one that serves cold noodles is the original storefront in Deep Ellum. They've got two options: the cold beef vinaigrette noodles which includes chunks of beef shank, cilantro, green onions and toasted chili oil, and the cold chicken vinaigrette noodles — the chicken counterpart without the toasted chili oil. Both dishes are tossed in a cooling garlic vinaigrette. 2933 Main St., Dallas. The second location, which does not offer cold noodles, is on the third floor of Legacy Hall at 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano.
Niwa Japanese BBQ
Right next door to Monkey King is Niwa Japanese BBQ, a restaurant with D-I-Y barbecue meals. Barbecue usually means hot dishes, but customers are welcome to order a la carte cold items like noodles from the kitchen. There are two cold noodle options on the menu: Hiyashi Chuka -- cold ramen with barbecued pork, a rolled omelette, cucumber, pickled ginger and sprouts in a pork broth; and the cold soba -- buckwheat noodles with mentsuyu dipping sauce. 2939 Main St., Dallas.