Hiyayakko is more a summer dish that is common in Japan, but now our family of tofu lovers eat it throughout the year. It's basically a cube of cold silken tofu (usually) that can be topped with various items, but the most common toppings are green onions and katsuobushi. I also often top the tofu with whatever sprouts I can find (alfalfa, diakon), but I left it out this time because I didn't have any on hand. I also sometimes sprinkle sesame seed on the tofu.
The basic ingredients needed for this dish are:
4 oz cube of cold, silken (soft) tofu
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon bonito flakes (katsuobushi)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
I buy my tofu pre-packaged from Costco or 99 Ranch because it's so much easier than making it myself, and I can keep packages in the fridge on hand. The tofu in these packages sit in water. Just open them and drain the water. You can also buy tofu online. There are so many brands of tofu available. Just try different brands and see which on you like. If you can find it fresh or can make it yourself, go for it. Just pour the sesame oil and soy sauce on the tofu first, then add the green onions and lastly, the bonito flakes.
The flakes are actually dried fish shavings that are often sold at Asian supermarkets in packages. If they get wet, they will get soggy, so make sure you put these on last.
Happy Election Day for those of you in the States, and make sure you go vote. I'll be dragging my 5 month old, three year old, and five year old with me by myself to the polls this afternoon, so if I can do it, you can too.
I am submitting this dish to Regional Recipes, a blogging event created at Blazing Hot Wok to celebrate food from the different regions of the world. This month, Wandering Chopsticks is hosting the event to celebrate food from Japan. If you've got a recipe you'd like to submit, do so by November 15 by sending it to wanderingchopsticks(at)gmail(dot)com. Please check out Regional Recipes for the rules.