Tofu with Ponzu Sauce – Hiyayakko Tofu

cold tofu ponzu

Kim flies into LA most weekends and occasionally arrives too late to go out for dinner, so I usually prepare a light snack for when she arrives. So last weekend, she came in late and I was working late too and didn’t have much time to cook–but I still wanted to prepare something quick and light for a late night snack. Lucky for us, we had all the ingredients to make hiyayakko tofu, a wonderfully light and refreshing Japanese dish of cold soft tofu with a variety of different toppings. This dish is the counterpart to agedashi tofu found in many Japanese restaurants. But unlike agedashi tofu, no frying is required and it’s is so easy you can do this in 5 minutes.

Cold Tofu with Ponzu Sauce – Hiyayakko Tofu
Printable Recipe (serves 2)

  • 1 package of cold soft tofu (we prefer silken tofu but you can use cotton strained as well)
  • 1 package of bonito flakes
  • 1 package of pickled ginger
  • 1 tbs thinly sliced scallions
  • Perilla/Shiso leaves
  • Optional: fried shallots, roasted sesame, sliced jalepeno

Ponzu Sauce

  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar
  • 1.5 tbs lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tbs mirin
  • 1 ts sesame oil

Carefully remove cold tofu from container and drain. Slice into small squares/rectangles or what have you and set in serving dish. Keep chilled in fridge if not serving immediately.

In separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the ponzu sauce. It’s basically a vinaigrette so adjust the seasoning to suit your tastes.

Top with pickled ginger, scallions, perilla/shiso, jalepeno or whatever ingredient you think might go well. Spoon some ponzu sauce and finally top with the crunchier ingredients such as bonito flakes, fried shallots, or roasted sesame.

cold tofu with ponzu "hiyakko"
A perfect, healthy summer snack or appetizer!


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20 Responses to “Tofu with Ponzu Sauce – Hiyayakko Tofu”

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    Jess and Joe — September 10, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. This looks delicious–and gorgeous! I've been looking for new ways to use my perilla leaves, and will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mochachocolata Rita — September 11, 2009 @ 1:56 am

    looks perfect for summer! i've also tried japanese soft tofu with sesame dressing from genki sushi…it's super yummm too

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    Joy — September 11, 2009 @ 5:01 am

    Such a lovely simple elegant dish!

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    Ravenous Couple — September 11, 2009 @ 6:20 am

    Jess and Joe: tofu is great and this is such an easy way to enjoy it's freshness. Perilla adds great flavor. Let us know how it goes!

    Rita: tofu with ponzu is a great amuse bouche…try serving it on a soup spoon.

    Joy: thank you!

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    LaLa — September 11, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

    That looks wonderful! I'm most definitely going to try it. I've been meaning to try Ponzu sauce.

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    Ravenous Couple — September 11, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

    LaLa: Let us know how this tofu with ponzu sauce goes for ya! You need a good snack from taking the MCATs… but this might be too bout those Korean fried chicken wings??

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    lisaiscooking — September 11, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

    It's so quick to prepare and so pretty! Sounds like a great snack.

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    Pandalicious — September 12, 2009 @ 3:09 am

    that looks so good and refreshing!

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    Ravenous Couple — September 12, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    lisaiscooking: This tofu recipe with ponzu was defintely one of the easiest we've ever made.

    Pandalicious: It's great for these hot balmy days in LA!

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    Karine — September 12, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    This tofu dish sounds delicious… I love japenese dishes!

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    TasteHongKong — September 12, 2009 @ 1:10 pm


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    petite nyonya — September 12, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    This is a really refreshing and tasty tofu dish.

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    Ninette — September 12, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    Ponzu chicken is one of my kids' favorite recipes and one of my most popular recipes on my blog. So simple too!

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    Selba — September 13, 2009 @ 3:03 am

    It looks so delicious! Love tofu 🙂

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    Little Inbox — September 13, 2009 @ 3:09 am

    This is simple and healthy dish. I love this type of cooking.
    By the way, thanks for paying me a visit.


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    Ravenous Couple — September 13, 2009 @ 6:30 am

    Karine: Thank you for your kind words!

    Taste HongKong: Thank you!

    Petite Nyonya: Fresh tofu is really refreshing–we should definitely eat it more this way.

    Ninette: We'll have to check out your chicken/ponzu recipe!

    Selba: Thank you!

    Little Inbox: Thanks for comments!

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    Justin — September 14, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

    i think i'd really like that ponzu sauce, not just on this, but on a lot of things

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    Ravenous Couple — September 21, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    justin: you're absolutely right, ponzu sauce goes great with alot of things

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    burumun — September 27, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    Ha, something I can do in 5 minutes? This might be something even someone as lazy as me will make one day, especially since I love all my tofu dishes. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ravenous Couple — September 29, 2009 @ 2:04 am

    barumun: thanks for the comments! not only is it easy, it's really tasty and healty!

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