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Hiyayakko with Shiso Leaves Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 block of silken tofu
- 4 shiso leaves
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp sesame seeds

Special equipment needed:
- None

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Drain the tofu and cut it into 4 equal pieces.
2. Place each piece of tofu onto a small plate.
3. Wash the shiso leaves and pat them dry.
4. Cut the shiso leaves into thin strips and sprinkle them over the tofu.
5. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, mirin, and grated ginger.
6. Drizzle the soy sauce mixture over the tofu and shiso leaves.
7. Top with sliced green onion and sesame seeds.
8. Serve immediately.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 0 minutes
- Serve chilled
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories per serving: 70
- Total fat: 3g
- Total carbohydrates: 6g
- Protein: 6g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Shiso leaves can be substituted with thinly sliced scallions or cilantro.
- Mirin can be substituted with rice vinegar or white wine vinegar.

- Add sliced avocado or cucumber for extra texture and flavor.
- Use ponzu sauce instead of soy sauce for a citrusy twist.
- Top with bonito flakes or furikake for added umami flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Use a sharp knife to cut the tofu into equal pieces.
- Pat the shiso leaves dry to prevent excess moisture on the tofu.
- Use freshly grated ginger for the best flavor.

Storage instructions:
- Hiyayakko is best served fresh and should not be stored.

Reheating instructions:
- N/A

Presentation ideas:
- Arrange the tofu and shiso leaves neatly on a small plate.
- Drizzle the soy sauce mixture over the tofu in a decorative pattern.
- Top with sliced green onion and sesame seeds for added color and texture.

- Sliced green onion and sesame seeds

- Serve with a side of steamed rice and miso soup for a complete meal.

Suggested side dishes:
- Steamed rice
- Miso soup
- Grilled vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the tofu is too soft, use firm tofu instead.
- If the soy sauce mixture is too salty, dilute it with a little water.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to use fresh ingredients and wash your hands before handling food.

Food history:
- Hiyayakko is a traditional Japanese dish that is commonly eaten during the summer months.

Flavor profiles:
- The dish is light and refreshing with a subtle sweetness from the mirin and a savory umami flavor from the soy sauce.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve as an appetizer or light lunch.

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Region: Japanese

Taste: Refreshing, Herby, Savory, Tangy, Zesty