Zaru somen is probably the most common way to eat somen. It is simply chilled somen noodles, usually covered in ice to be kept cold. Then it is dipped in a bonito sauce and myoga, ginger or onions can be also added to the sauce. It is delightfully easy and refreshing for a lazy summer day.
Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華）
Hiyashi chuuka is a Japanese dish consisting of chilled soumen noodles topped with different ingredients, such as wakame, eggs, cucumber, etc. The sauce is made of of water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. It's refreshing and delicious on those hot summer days!
Somen salad is perfect for when you want to eat a deliciously fresh salad packed with vegetables, but that is also a little more filling, while still being refreshing. A soumen salad usually includes, green onions, scrambled eggs, carrots, lettuce, etc.The list of ingredients tends to be rather flexible. And the dressing could be made with sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar,lemon juice, etc.
Nagashi somen （流しそうめん）
Nagashi soumen (AKA flowing soumen) is an activity offered by some restaurants and consists of soumen flowing through cut bamboo shoots. Ice cold water carries the soumen along the shoots and it is up to you to catch with your chopsticks. It requires some chopstick skills and is a fun activity to try with family and friends.
Here are some suggestions of Japanese summer dishes you should also try!