Classic Tofu Salad (Hiya-Yakko)

Happy World Tofu Day!…well, to me it’s usually tofu day but today is a special…”WORLD” tofu day so I gotta celebrate it with my tofu dish!

 

When I started this blog, I thought the classic food could get boring, so I cooked some food with my original twist by ignoring all the simple, basic recipes. But as I learned classic recipes are loved because of their simplicity and thus appealing to people, I sometimes go back to simple recipes. 

 

The easy, simple, yet yummy tofu salad is from my childhood memory. Similar to Korean cuisine, Japanese dinner tables have a variety of side dishes like pickles, small bowls of food like salad or niku-jaga etc. As I recall my childhood, tofu salad was a regular item. To celebrate this world tofu day, I want to go back to basics and share the classic tofu salad recipe from my family. 

 

Ready to see the recipe? Let’s cook!

 

<Today’s Recipe>

Classic Tofu salad (Hiya-Yakko)

classic tofu salad

<Ingredients>

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Toppings

 

<Directions>

  1. Remove tofu from the packet and drain.
  2. Place each and every toppings of tofu salad and pour soy sauce before eating. Enjoy!

 

<Cooking Tips>

  • You can play with each toppings based on your preference. Some people just want either wasabi or ginger, perilla or green onion(depending on the season too) but the most popular combination of toppings are green onions and bonito flakes.
  • For salad, I recommend silken tofu. While firm tofu is easy to handle with chopsticks, their bold flavor of soybeans and the lumpy texture is a little disturbing for salad.

Mmm, so good. I think my mind is back to childhood. I haven’t physically seen my mom for more than 5 years now, but I feel as if she is with me. 

 

This tofu salad is so simple, but people enjoy it by choosing the combination of each toppings, so how about doing some experiment and finding your own favorite? . 

 

<An Important Note about Chopsticks>

I have to admit. I made a huuuuge mistake for the pics today. Can anyone detect it?

classic tofu salad

 

 

 

Well, actually the chopsticks are not supposed to be put on the plate. It’s called  “watashi-bashi” and it is wrong for proper manners. Mine is pointing to front so it’s…maybe D+, but if it’s pointing back where your meal buddy is sitting,  It’s a super bad manner. 

 

I thought today’s pic came out so good, so I sent some to my mom and…I really thought her slipper was flying and about to hit me. Remember people, put your chopsticks on the chopstick holder. If there isn’t any, you’re supposed to make it by folding the paper stash which was wrapping the chopsticks. Time to learn origami too!

gif-pouring soy sauce to tofu

<Other Ways to Enjoy Tofu Salad>

Cold Tofu Gel Sauce

cold tofu gel sauce

Tofu with Ginger Sesame Sauce

tofu sesame ginger sauce

Tofu with Perilla Olive Oil

tofu with perilla olive oil

Tofu Patti Sando

tofu patti sando

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

 

27 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    I’m not as big a fan of Tofu as you, but used sparingly it has much to offer to be sure!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      That’s great to know! Happy World Tofu Day🎉

      Like

  2. aparna12 says:

    Your blogs look so delicious and yummy that I wish I could dive into them right away and finish them off. 🥰🥰🥰🥰. Lovely.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Aparna❤️

      Like

  3. dolphinwrite says:

    Tofu very healthy.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Exactly!😋💕✨

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  4. You are so right about food being a connection important people and places. People can time travel like Dr. Who through food. I appreciate learning about Japanese culture.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Brent! This is one of the reason why I have special bond in specific food😋😍 And yes, be careful for how to handle chopsticks, otherwise someone will come to hit you with slippers🤣

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  5. Happy tofu day! Thank you for sharing these delicious meals. They look very appetizing and now I’m very hungry. 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hehe, me too actually😋💕

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  6. The natural taste of tofu can be highlighted with the classical way of cooking it. Simplicity makes life easier by surprise.❤️

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes exactly! Thank you dear❤️

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  7. elvira797mx says:

    Your blog it’s amazing! Thank’s for share, Tanooki.
    I like tofu, great recipe.
    Have a lovely day!
    Elvira

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Glad to know you like tofu too🙌💕 have a great day dear Elvira, weekend is almost there!

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      1. elvira797mx says:

        Thank you, Tanooki.🙏
        💕I like it tofu! Yes! Almost weekend!
        Enjoy your evening! 🧁🫖☕

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  8. Sieht gut aus 😋

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Danke❤️❤️❤️

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  9. Livia says:

    You eat the tofu right away, without pressing and cooking it?
    I didn’t even know that was possible. 😳
    Or is it a special kind of tofu that you’re buying and using?
    When I bought tofu here and asked people if it could be eaten raw, they looked at me as if I had asked if cows could fly and shook their heads. 😜

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh Livia, your comment made me surprised! Yes we usually eat tofu just as is after draining when we make tofu salad. The pressing only happens when we make tofu patti when we concern about how much calorie to be take…for meat lovers, swapping beef patti to tofu patti sometimes cause complain over dining table though😜

      I think it’s not really special kind of tofu…actually I only care if they’re firm, soft, or silken…they’re in a plastic pack with water in it. In old days, tofu venders sell them in a water filled tank and people bring a bowl to get it. The tofu vendors were circling around the city by bicycle every day, but it’s the story from over 80 years ago.

      And I wonder how do you eat tofu now…do you freeze it? When I used to live with Chinese family, I found the tofu pack was in freezer and it was one of the most shocking sight I’ve ever seen👀⚡️

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      1. Livia says:

        Thanks for all this information, dear Tanooki 🙏
        I usually buy the tofu from the vegetable sellers. They sell different types (very firm, a bit softer and silken) either in plastic bags (unfortunately 😞) and swimming in a slightly white liquid or in a box with liquid (silken tofu).

        I know that tofu isn’t really raw as it is already cooked but since I have no idea what exactly the liquid is in which it is sold, I was afraid to eat it raw. You know, they don’t cool the tofu here and we usually have temperatures of around 28 to 29 degrees Celsius. 😬 I was afraid that the liquid or the tofu itself could develop bacteria that could be harmful.

        I also didn’t know that tofu can be frozen. I probably wouldn’t do it as I’m afraid that the water that’s contained in it would crystallize when freezing and destroy the whole texture 🤔

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      2. Tanooki says:

        >they don’t cool the tofu here~
        Oh yeah Livia!! Yes under that situation you probably should re-cook tofu to make sure all possible bacterias(if any) are died out😵‍💫 So probably you should do it with boiled tofu for this recipe. Haha, in summer we like to make salad like this and hot tofu with poured ponzu, scallions, and a bit of chili powder during winter…It’s also recommended. Our soul food from winter!😋

        And yes, it sounds surprising to freeze tofu huh?👀 But after I chatted with my friends who are from China(mostly,) freezing tofu is a common cooking method in Chinese cuisine. I once tried freezing it because I heard the texture gets chicken-nugget-like, and yes it was!😆

        FYI- your understanding is right! once you freeze tofu, the tofu texture will change into sponge-like😁 Just like fried tofu’s outer skin😁

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      3. Livia says:

        Thanks for your very interesting feedback, dear Tanooki. 🙏😊
        Oh, cool, I thought the tofu would rather crumble into small pieces after freezing. Maybe I should try it, too. 😊👍

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  10. Tofu ist nicht so das was ich gerne mag, aber du hast es gut zubereitet und tolle Aufnahmen gemacht!
    Liebe Grüße
    Brigitte

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ja wirklich!? Wow, ich bin so ein großer Tofu-Liebhaber, also wünschte ich, ich könnte es dir schicken!😊 (hopefully translation is right…I used google translate🤣)

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  11. Tofu is one of my favorite foods, this looks delicious 🤤

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yay thank you dear❤️❤️❤️

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