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Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cathy Chaplin

15 Refreshing Cold Noodles to Keep Cool this Summer in Los Angeles

Korean naengmyeon, Japanese soba, Vietnamese bun, and more

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Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
| Cathy Chaplin

Looking to stay cool when summer’s heat reaches its peak in the coming weeks? Why not give the air conditioner a break and order a bowl of cold noodles instead. From Korean naengmyeon to Vietnamese bun and Japanese udon and soba, LA’s restaurants are well versed in the art of cold noodles. Here now are 15 perfectly slurpable renditions to fend off the hot days ahead.

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1. Noodle St.

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87 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 584-7088
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There are several cold noodles on the menu at Noodle St. — a mini-chain of restaurants specializing in hand-pulled noodles — and the one to get is tucked under the appetizers section of the menu. The Qinghai clear cold noodles come flavored in a vinegar-spiked chile oil that burns and puckers just right.

2. Golden Deli Restaurant

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815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
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Vietnamese bun is always a good call on a hot day, but for those looking to try something else, the banh hoi — woven noodle sheets topped with proteins and served with fish sauce — is just as great.

3. Yang's Kitchen

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112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 281-1035
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Leave it to chef Chris Yang to hit it out of the ballpark with a dish as deceptively simple as sesame noodles. The version served at Yang’s Kitchen is made with Semolina organic spaghetti, Persian cucumbers, pickled carrots, crushed peanuts, cilantro, scallion, and a sesame sauce that’s wonderfully balanced and even better with the house-made chile crisp.

Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cathy Chaplin

4. Noodle Harmony

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735 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 656-6562

Stop into Noodle Harmony in Monterey Park for Sichuan noodles and Hunan rice noodle soups. Perfect for summer are the cold chicken noodles and the mung bean cold noodles. Pair them with any of the appetizers including pigs ears or chilled tofu.

5. Myung Dong Kyoja

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3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 385-7789

Try the jjolmyeon at Myung Dong Kyoja, which features chewy noodles, a slightly sweet gochujang sauce, julienned vegetables, and a hard boiled egg on top.

6. The Corner Place

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2819 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 487-0968
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The Corner Place serves LA’s very best bowl of dongchimi gooksoo — an ice cold noodle soup with a vinegary kimchi-based broth.

7. Olympic Noodle Restaurant

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4008 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 931-0007

Olympic Noodle’s konggooksoo — thin noodles swimming in a thick, ice cold soybean soup — always makes an appearance in the summer months. Grab a refreshing bowl before fall hits.

8. Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun

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3185 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 382-3815

Of all the naengmyeon spots in Koreatown, Yu Chun most closely resembles the kind of no-frills shops found in South Korean suburbs. Chewy noodles and a highly drinkable icy broth makes this a favorite among naengmyeon neophytes and homesick Koreans alike.

9. Marugame Udon

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2029 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 317-2222
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The signature nikutama bowl at Sawtelle noodle spot Marugame Udon comes with a scant amount sweetened broth, shredded beef, and thick udon noodles. It can be served cold, which makes it a great warmer day dining option, too.

Nikutama at Marugame Udon in a paper bowl.
Nikutama at Marugame Udon
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10. Yabu

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11820 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 473-9757
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This West LA sushi spot also features some of the best housemade soba noodles in the city. The restaurant touts freshly made buckwheat noodles served cold on a tray or with a variety of toppings, like broiled duck, grated yam, and nameko mushrooms. Yabu also prepares cold udon noodles with similar topping options.

Soba machine at Yabu in West LA.
Soba machine at Yabu in West LA
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11. Santouka Ramen

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-1101
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Santouka’s hiyashi is only available during the summer months. Order the cold ramen dish, which includes a bit of broth and plenty of crunchy vegetables, before it leaves the menu.

12. Old Time Noodle House

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15325 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90249
(310) 327-3231

Classic Gardena Korean restaurant Old Time Noodle House features a chin naengmyeon, or cold arrowroot starch noodle soup. The broth won’t be ice cold but rather chilled to refrigerator temp in a tangy, umami-rich broth. The slightly chewy arrowroot starch noodles aren’t as substantial as the more common buckwheat, though equally fun to slurp up on a hot day.

Chin naengmyeon, arrowroot starch cold noodles, from Old Time Noodle House in Gardena.
Chin naengmyeon, arrowroot starch cold noodles, from Old Time Noodle House in Gardena
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13. Otafuku Noodle House

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16525 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA
(310) 532-9348

Otafuku crafts two different types of soba noodles: the signature milky-white seiro soba and a darker kikouchi soba made of buckwheat flour. Both are served firm in a variety of cold preparations.

14. Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden

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1618 Cravens Ave
Torrance, CA
(310) 328-1323
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The soba noodles at Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden are made from scratch and beloved for its pleasingly chewy texture. Nearly every menu item can be ordered cold, including the yuzu oroshi with its citrus broth, grated radish, and fresh shiso.

Cold soba noodles from Ichimiann
Cold soba noodles from Ichimiann
Matthew Kang

15. Meiji Seimen

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1113 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 545-5175
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Come into Costa Mesa’s Meiji Seimen for handmade soba and udon noodles prepared daily with imported Japanese ingredients. For the purest cold noodle experience, order the soba or udon on a zaru, and dip and slurp until one’s heart is content.

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1. Noodle St.

87 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

There are several cold noodles on the menu at Noodle St. — a mini-chain of restaurants specializing in hand-pulled noodles — and the one to get is tucked under the appetizers section of the menu. The Qinghai clear cold noodles come flavored in a vinegar-spiked chile oil that burns and puckers just right.

87 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

2. Golden Deli Restaurant

815 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Vietnamese bun is always a good call on a hot day, but for those looking to try something else, the banh hoi — woven noodle sheets topped with proteins and served with fish sauce — is just as great.

815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

3. Yang's Kitchen

112 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cold sesame noodles at Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra.
Cathy Chaplin

Leave it to chef Chris Yang to hit it out of the ballpark with a dish as deceptively simple as sesame noodles. The version served at Yang’s Kitchen is made with Semolina organic spaghetti, Persian cucumbers, pickled carrots, crushed peanuts, cilantro, scallion, and a sesame sauce that’s wonderfully balanced and even better with the house-made chile crisp.

112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

4. Noodle Harmony

735 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Stop into Noodle Harmony in Monterey Park for Sichuan noodles and Hunan rice noodle soups. Perfect for summer are the cold chicken noodles and the mung bean cold noodles. Pair them with any of the appetizers including pigs ears or chilled tofu.

735 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

5. Myung Dong Kyoja

3630 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Try the jjolmyeon at Myung Dong Kyoja, which features chewy noodles, a slightly sweet gochujang sauce, julienned vegetables, and a hard boiled egg on top.

3630 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

6. The Corner Place

2819 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

The Corner Place serves LA’s very best bowl of dongchimi gooksoo — an ice cold noodle soup with a vinegary kimchi-based broth.

2819 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

7. Olympic Noodle Restaurant

4008 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Olympic Noodle’s konggooksoo — thin noodles swimming in a thick, ice cold soybean soup — always makes an appearance in the summer months. Grab a refreshing bowl before fall hits.

4008 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

8. Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun

3185 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Of all the naengmyeon spots in Koreatown, Yu Chun most closely resembles the kind of no-frills shops found in South Korean suburbs. Chewy noodles and a highly drinkable icy broth makes this a favorite among naengmyeon neophytes and homesick Koreans alike.

3185 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

9. Marugame Udon

2029 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Nikutama at Marugame Udon in a paper bowl.
Nikutama at Marugame Udon
Matthew Kang

The signature nikutama bowl at Sawtelle noodle spot Marugame Udon comes with a scant amount sweetened broth, shredded beef, and thick udon noodles. It can be served cold, which makes it a great warmer day dining option, too.

2029 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

10. Yabu

11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Soba machine at Yabu in West LA.
Soba machine at Yabu in West LA
Yabu

This West LA sushi spot also features some of the best housemade soba noodles in the city. The restaurant touts freshly made buckwheat noodles served cold on a tray or with a variety of toppings, like broiled duck, grated yam, and nameko mushrooms. Yabu also prepares cold udon noodles with similar topping options.

11820 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

11. Santouka Ramen

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Santouka’s hiyashi is only available during the summer months. Order the cold ramen dish, which includes a bit of broth and plenty of crunchy vegetables, before it leaves the menu.

3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

12. Old Time Noodle House

15325 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249
Chin naengmyeon, arrowroot starch cold noodles, from Old Time Noodle House in Gardena.
Chin naengmyeon, arrowroot starch cold noodles, from Old Time Noodle House in Gardena
Matthew Kang

Classic Gardena Korean restaurant Old Time Noodle House features a chin naengmyeon, or cold arrowroot starch noodle soup. The broth won’t be ice cold but rather chilled to refrigerator temp in a tangy, umami-rich broth. The slightly chewy arrowroot starch noodles aren’t as substantial as the more common buckwheat, though equally fun to slurp up on a hot day.

15325 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90249

13. Otafuku Noodle House

16525 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA

Otafuku crafts two different types of soba noodles: the signature milky-white seiro soba and a darker kikouchi soba made of buckwheat flour. Both are served firm in a variety of cold preparations.

16525 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA

14. Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden

1618 Cravens Ave, Torrance, CA
Cold soba noodles from Ichimiann
Cold soba noodles from Ichimiann
Matthew Kang

The soba noodles at Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden are made from scratch and beloved for its pleasingly chewy texture. Nearly every menu item can be ordered cold, including the yuzu oroshi with its citrus broth, grated radish, and fresh shiso.

1618 Cravens Ave
Torrance, CA

15. Meiji Seimen

1113 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Come into Costa Mesa’s Meiji Seimen for handmade soba and udon noodles prepared daily with imported Japanese ingredients. For the purest cold noodle experience, order the soba or udon on a zaru, and dip and slurp until one’s heart is content.

1113 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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