Hiyayakko with Kimchi

“Hiyayakko with Kimchi,” a mix of Japanese and Korean flavors. It’s silky tofu topped with spicy kimchi, green onions, sesame seeds, and soy sauce. I love it because it’s simple, refreshing, and blends smooth tofu with tasty kimchi – a delicious combo!

I chose to mix Hiyayakko with Kimchi because it combines the smoothness of silken tofu with the bold and spicy flavors of kimchi. It’s a delightful contrast that creates a unique and tasty dish. The coolness of the tofu complements the heat of the kimchi, giving my taste buds a refreshing and flavorful experience. It’s a simple yet satisfying fusion that brings together the best of both culinary worlds.

What is Hiyayakko?

Hiyayakko, or 冷奴 in Japanese, is a Japanese dish featuring chilled silken tofu. It’s often served as an appetizer and topped with various ingredients like green onions, soy sauce, grated ginger, or bonito flakes. The dish is loved for its refreshing and delicate taste, making it a popular choice, especially during hot weather.

What is Kimchi?

Kimchi, or 김치 in Korean, is a traditional Korean dish made by fermenting vegetables, commonly Napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a mix of seasonings like chili pepper, garlic, ginger, and various spices. The result is a flavorful, spicy, and tangy side dish that’s not only delicious but also rich in probiotics due to the fermentation process. Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine and is often enjoyed on its own or as an ingredient in various dishes.

How To Make Hiyayakko with Kimchi

Ingredients:

  • 1 block silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup kimchi, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Optional: red pepper flakes for a bit of heat

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Tofu: Gently remove the silken tofu from its packaging and place it on a serving plate. It’s crucial to handle the delicate tofu with care to maintain its silky texture.
  2. Top with Kimchi: Spread the finely chopped kimchi evenly over the tofu. Kimchi adds a delightful kick of spice and a burst of flavor to the coolness of the tofu.
  3. Sprinkle Green Onions: Scatter the thinly sliced green onions on top of the kimchi. This adds a fresh, aromatic element to the dish.
  4. Drizzle with Soy Sauce: In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce and sesame oil. Drizzle this savory mixture over the tofu, ensuring it reaches all corners of the dish.
  5. Garnish with Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the Hiyayakko for a nutty crunch and an extra layer of flavor.
  6. Optional Heat: If you enjoy a bit of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. Adjust according to your spice preference.
  7. Serve Immediately: Hiyayakko is best enjoyed fresh. Serve immediately to relish the contrasting temperatures and flavors.

Tips

  1. Chill Your Tofu: For an extra refreshing experience, refrigerate the silken tofu for an hour before preparing. Chilled tofu enhances the contrast with the warm flavors of the kimchi.
  2. Experiment with Toppings: Get creative with additional toppings like shredded nori, julienned carrots, or a squeeze of lime for a personalized touch. It’s a versatile dish, so feel free to explore!

FAQ

Can I use a different type of tofu for this recipe?

Absolutely! While silken tofu is traditionally used for its delicate texture, you can experiment with other types based on your preference. Firm or extra-firm tofu will provide a different mouthfeel.

Is there a specific brand of kimchi you recommend?

No specific brand is required. Choose your favorite kimchi from a local store or make your own. The key is to have finely chopped kimchi for an even distribution of flavor.

How spicy is the dish with red pepper flakes?

The spice level can be adjusted according to your taste. Start with a small amount of red pepper flakes, taste, and add more if desired. It’s always easier to add more spice than to reduce it.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

While Hiyayakko is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the ingredients separately ahead of time and assemble them just before serving. This ensures the tofu maintains its cool temperature.

What other variations can I try with this recipe?

Feel free to customize! Try different toppings like shredded nori, julienned carrots, or a squeeze of lime. You can also experiment with the soy sauce mixture, adding a touch of mirin or a splash of rice vinegar for extra depth.

Conclusion

Hiyayakko with Kimchi is like a tasty mix of Japanese and Korean. Imagine cool, soft tofu with spicy kimchi on top – it’s yummy! You can make it quickly change it up however you like, and it’s perfect for a light and tasty start to a meal. Give it a try and enjoy the tasty combo!

Hiyayakko with Kimchi

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: AppetizersCuisine: Korean, JapaneseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Hiyayakko with Kimchi a mix of Japanese and Korean flavors. It’s silky tofu topped with spicy kimchi, green onions, sesame seeds, and soy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 block silken tofu

  • 1/2 cup kimchi, finely chopped

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • Optional: red pepper flakes for a bit of heat

Directions

  • Prepare the Tofu: Gently remove the silken tofu from its packaging and place it on a serving plate. It’s crucial to handle the delicate tofu with care to maintain its silky texture.
  • Top with Kimchi: Spread the finely chopped kimchi evenly over the tofu. Kimchi adds a delightful kick of spice and a burst of flavor to the coolness of the tofu.
  • Sprinkle Green Onions: Scatter the thinly sliced green onions on top of the kimchi. This adds a fresh, aromatic element to the dish.
  • Drizzle with Soy Sauce: In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce and sesame oil. Drizzle this savory mixture over the tofu, ensuring it reaches all corners of the dish.
  • Garnish with Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the Hiyayakko for a nutty crunch and an extra layer of flavor.
  • Optional Heat: If you enjoy a bit of heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicy kick. Adjust according to your spice preference.
  • Serve Immediately: Hiyayakko is best enjoyed fresh. Serve immediately to relish the contrasting temperatures and flavors.

Notes

  • Chill Your Tofu: For an extra refreshing experience, refrigerate the silken tofu for an hour before preparing. Chilled tofu enhances the contrast with the warm flavors of the kimchi.
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