Thursday, August 06, 2009


During the summer you can find hiyayakko (cold/chilled tofu) at izakaya (pubs) or as a side dish to a teishoku (set meal)...the traditional version is topped with grated ginger, katsuobushi (shaved bonito), chopped green onion and eaten with a splash of shoyu.

I saw this new version on someone's blog (which for the life of me, I can't remember, sorry!)...if this is your version and I commented on it, please let me know so I can acknowledge you....the blogger had kim chee on their hiyayakko....I adapted it and added some chopped okra...delicious!

This other version I adapted from one of my Japanese cookbooks...chop up some okra and splash it with some ponzu (citrus soy sauce).

We've been eating these two versions for meat-less dinners along with salads...what have you been enjoying this summer?


Unknown said...

Hello Kat,

As always, it's a pleasure to read your blog. :)

Both of your hiyayakko look yummy! I love eating hiyayakko in the summer! It's such a refreshing treat! I normally serve it with chopped green onion, katsuobushi e some soy sauce, but next time I will definitely try using kimchi as a topping!

Lately, as a way to beat the heat, I have been making and eating lots of hiyashi-chuuka! I cannot believe how much I like it! Do you like it, Kat?
Also, I have been experimenting with tsukemono and the other day I bought a bottle of 浅漬けの素 and I pickled some carrots and garlic with it. Those carrots came out very tasty!
Now, I would like to learn how to make takuan, but in the meantime I will just keep buying it at my local grocery store which, by the way, sells delicious takuan!
What are your favorite types of tsukemono?

Ciao Kat, and keep up the good work!


Kelly said...

We've been enjoying watermelon this summer. :) I noticed in another post you mentioned a watermelon-feta cheese salad? That sounds so good!

K and S said...

love hiyashi chuuka, Mari. I love umeboshi and takuan. My husband loves nukazuke.

yes, watermelon-feta salad, that is so good, Biologie, hope you give it a try.

Take care you two.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love hiyayakko when it is hot outside and I love both of your toppings--so different than the norm. Since I saw it Edible Hawaiian Islands, I keep making the poke sliders. So quick and easy in my mini chopper. I need to post them one of these days! ;-)

K and S said...

I remember you talking about those sliders Debinhawaii, will have to try them soon :)

Take care.

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K and S said...

Thanks Laura :) I hope you get to try this soon!

Take care.

Rowena said...

Okra and ponzu sounds awesome - that picture is so tempting! How I wish we had fresh tofu over here.

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, if your dad sends you care packages, you may want to ask him to stick some of those boxed tofu in there, not as good as fresh but helps calm the cravings.

Take care.