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Celebrate the start of the Olympics with 2 Tokyo-inspired dishes

Chef Elena Yamamoto makes refreshing cold ramen bowls and customizable temaki in honor of the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Chinese mixed noodle or Japanese hiyashi chuuka serve.
R0AAMC Chinese mixed noodle or Japanese hiyashi chuuka serve.Nopadol Uengbunchoo / Alamy Stock Photo
/ Source: TODAY

The Tokyo Summer Olympics are finally here! To celebrate the start of the games, chef Elena Yamamoto is joining TODAY to share a few of her favorite Japanese dishes that are easy to make — and enjoy — at home. She shows us how to make cold ramen noodles with a zesty ponzu dressing and DIY temaki perfect for a viewing party.

Hiyashi Chuka

Hiyashi Chuka

Elena Yamamoto

I loved it when my aunt would make hiyashi chuka for lunch when I would visit my family in Tokyo in the summer. Whenever I make it at home, I'm instantly transported back. The salty, vinegary dressing is so refreshing on hot and humid days and is a great way to use ramen noodles in a new way.

DIY Temaki

DIY Temaki

Elena Yamamoto

This is a great way to enjoy "sushi" at home without the fuss of learning a rolling technique. It also makes for a great dinner party as the prep is simple and everyone can have fun making their own combinations of flavors and ingredients.

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Okayu

Okayu

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