Whipping Up A Mountain Of Hiyashi Chuka At Burdock & Co. On Main St.

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by Ken Tsui | In the midst of preparing for another busy night at Main Street’s Burdock & Co., the kitchen crew are working on hiyashi chuka, a chilled noodle salad and a Japanese mainstay on hot summer days.

Chef Alden Ong takes the lead, working on the salad’s dressing. As Chef Gabe Meyer begins working on the vegetables for the salad, she jokes around, saying that Ong is known around these parts as ‘the marinade master’. It’s easy to see why as he starts frying up some spices to make a flavoured oil. While he lets the oil steep, he begins making the sauce. With a dash of soy, a healthy pouring of rice vinegar, a spoonful of miso and a little bit of tahini, the dressing comes together quickly as he tastes and adjusts. Arman Roland-Khosravi, a young gun of 16, works behind Alden balancing between cooking the ramen and putting together a frittata. The crew understands that the egg is an essential topping for a good bowl of hiyashi chuka.

All the vegetables, noodles and dressing converge in one big, silver bowl. Chef and co-owner Andrea Carlson arrives just in time to set out the plates as Arman tosses the noodles in the dressing, raising the tongs well over his head to mix it through. Despite the giant bowl filled with salad, it all disappears as quickly and effortlessly as it was all made.

  • Toasting sesame seeds
    Toasting sesame seeds
  • Frittata
    Frittata
  • A Dash of Soy
    A Dash of Soy
  • Fragrant Oil
    Fragrant Oil
  • Adding sesame seeds to the dressing
    Adding sesame seeds to the dressing
  • Ladling the oil into the dressing
    Ladling the oil into the dressing
  • Straining the fragrant oil
    Straining the fragrant oil
  • Gabe Alden and Arman coordinate the meal
    Gabe Alden and Arman coordinate the meal
  • Arman adds ramen to the boiling pot
    Arman adds ramen to the boiling pot
  • Ramen ready to be cooked
    Ramen ready to be cooked
  • Chef Ong adds honey to the mix
    Chef Ong adds honey to the mix
  • Gabe getting the salad ready
    Gabe getting the salad ready
  • Arman and Alden dress the salad
    Arman and Alden dress the salad
  • Alden gets a taste of the salad
    Alden gets a taste of the salad
  • The frittata plays an important role
    The frittata plays an important role
  • The frittata
    The frittata
  • Arman mixes up the salad
    Arman mixes up the salad
  • The salad
    The salad
  • Bonito flakes and nori for the salad
    Bonito flakes and nori for the salad
  • Armans bowl
    Armans bowl
  • Staff enjoys the salad
    Staff enjoys the salad
  • Staff meal at Burdock & Co. | Everyone takes a moment for a good laugh
    Staff meal at Burdock & Co. | Everyone takes a moment for a good laugh
  • Arman
    Arman
  • The kitchen crew take a moment to enjoy staff meal
    The kitchen crew take a moment to enjoy staff meal

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