Cold Tofu with Bonito Flakes
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This tofu dish is so easy and quick to make. It really takes just 10 minutes to assemble. A perfect appetizer or side dish for the dog days of summer.
Recipe type: Appetizer, Sides
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 1 slab silken tofu, chilled
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp bonito flakes (see Notes for vegetarian options)
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • ¼" ginger, grated
  1. Remove tofu from carton and rinse gently.
  2. Pat tofu dry with kitchen towels.
  3. Mix soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil together.
  4. Drizzle sauce over tofu.
  5. Top with bonito flakes, green onion and ginger.
For vegetarian version, substitute bonito flakes with other toppings.

Other vegetarian topping ideas include a teaspoon of salted duck egg yolk, century eggs, toasted sesame seeds, chopped salted peanuts, nori seaweed, fried ribboned ginger or just a generous bunch of chopped or ribboned green onions.

Non-vegetarian substitutes include salmon skin, salmon roe, pork or fish floss.

(Thanks to a reader and my chef cousin for sharing ideas!)
Recipe by Ginger and Cilantro at