Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

My dad was in the Canadian Armed Forces, so when I was growing up, we moved… a lot! We lived throughout Canada and the United States (where I attended high school). All in all, I attended 9 schools and got to experience and see first-hand a good portion of those great countries. However, many of those mostly suburban experiences paled in comparison to the time that I spent in New York City.

I love NY

I got to visit the Big Apple for the first time back in high school and I completely fell in love with it. Then in the summer of ’99, I got to spend a whole summer there. Most of my time was spent in Greenwich Village and I think that the sights, sounds and tastes of that neighborhood will live in me forever. From the bagels and falafels on St-Marks, to the gelato and pot stickers on 14th street, I pretty much ate my way around that town!

There’s probably a reason why I love NYC so much. You see, I lost many culinary virginities in NYC: first time eating sushi/Japanese, first time eating falafel, first time eating at a vegetarian restaurant (Angelica Kitchen on 12th)… the list goes on. Trying to be vegan in North Carolina, Virginia and Ottawa at the beginning of the millennium was a far cry from what New York City had to offer! The health food stores alone were enormous (this was before Whole Foods, people)! In fact, I still faithfully use my old canvas tote bag from LifeThyme on 6th ave (they sold the best vegan muffins and it’s also where I first discovered nooch).


So as you can see, NYC will always hold a special place in my heart (and belly). One of my favorite restaurants was Dojo. While the ambiance and service was never 5-star, the food was fresh and cheap, and there were many great vegan options on the  menu. Dojo’s is probably most famous for its carrot ginger dressing, and a quick Google search will tell you that people are always seeking-out the ingredients to that special sauce. The dressing is so good that people always ask for an extra order of it. I personally loved it so much that I would buy 2 or 3 tubs of it whenever I visited NYC and cradle it on my lap during the flight back to Ottawa (this was before all the TSA liquid rules). I really loved that dressing!

Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

Over the years, I’ve tried many carrot ginger dressing recipes, and I like to think that I’ve perfected the recipe below to closely resemble the real thing. Actually, I remember the original version being quite oily, so other than that, I think it’s pretty spot-on!

Dojo's Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

Back in the day, I only ever ordered the Tofu Salad (cold tofu served over greens, tomatoes, cucumber and avocado), but I’ve heard good things about their Hijiki Tofu Burger as well. So to round-out this Dojo-inspired meal, I also made this hijiki tofu burger from PeTA.com. The burger is soft and crumbly, and it pairs really nicely with a salad and of course, more dressing! I served the burger on a bed of brown rice but quinoa would be really nice too. You can also serve it directly on a salad, or in a pita.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing
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If you love the carrot ginger dressing from Dojo's restaurant in NYC, then you'll love this dressing. It's great served on a green salad and/or with a Hijiki tofu burger and brown rice. Vegan / Gluten-Free
Recipe type: Salad, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp diced onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari / soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Blend everything in a food processor until smooth. Keeps in the fridge a few days but you may have to remix it as the oil may separate.

Recipe: Hijiki Tofu Burgers

Notes on the Burgers

  • I couldn’t find any hijiki, but I did find some shredded nori (see photo above). I didn’t pre-soak it and it seemed to work very well. The seaweed taste is pretty minimal, but if you don’t like the stuff, feel free to leave it out completely.
  • The burgers freeze well, so you can make them ahead and serve them with fresh dressing, as needed.

Nori Seaweed

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