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Hiyayakko (Cold Tofu)

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In the summertime, I like to keep things simple: Chop, assemble, and serve. This Japanese cold tofu recipe could literally take you five minutes, requiring no cooking and few ingredients.

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 blocks silken tofu, cut into smaller 2- to 3-inch blocks
  • 1/2 scallion, chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch of bonito flakes
  • Soy sauce, to taste


Top the tofu with the scallions, ginger, and bonito flakes. Pour over a little soy sauce at a time. (With tofu, it can easily go from perfectly seasoned to too salty.)

Tofu Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Tofu Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.