Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

My dad is 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).

LifeThyme

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.

Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

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
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Recipe type: Salad, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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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Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

Hijiki Tofu Burgers & Carrot Ginger Dressing

Q: Do you love NYC? Have you ever eaten at Dojo’s?

66 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE NYC. My ex-coworker-turned-best-friend works there now, so I’m trying to plan a visit up. Free apartment to stay at? Sign me up!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Faith – Oh you’re a lucky girl! I would be there all the time if I had a friend there (and lived on that side of the world). Have fun!

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  2. Wow – absolutely incredible looking dish. So many flavors. Very impressed. I have hijiki, but don’t remember to cook with it often. Hubby picked it up for a soup recipe and he only made it once.

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Heather! I used nori for the hijiki and it still tasted great. Will seek-out actual hijiki next time though…

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  3. wow those burgers look great…..as does the dressing. I love carrots, ginger, rice wine vin, sesame oil…mmmm, I can almost taste it from here :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Averie :)

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  4. Cara says:

    This is such a fun recipe! I can see why you love New York so much–me? Not so much. Only been there once and it was a nice trip, but it just isn’t on the coastside that I prefer. WESTSIDE. (yes, I just got gangster over here). ha But then again, people either love or hate L.A. so I get it. Regardless, it sounds as if you have been exposed to so many experiences growing up (and now you are in God’s land!) I’m kinda getting jealous right now… I need a tofu burger to calm me down :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Westsiiiiide! Ha ha! To be fair, I’ve never spent much time on the West Coast, so I can’t say that I prefer one to the other. I just know that I love NYC. Australia is amazing too. What a special country – will be very hard to leave!

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    • Adam says:

      Like, omg, so many words to say so little.

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  5. Debbie says:

    My hubby and I just came back from a week-long trip NYC (my first time visiting since going vegan) and it feels like all I did all week was eat crazy delicious vegan food, and I still haven’t visited half the places I wanted. We treated ourselves to Hangawi and Candle 79, also fell in love with Lula’s Sweet Apothecary (!!!) Veggie Castle,… For sure, I’d be an overweight vegan if I lived there =D

    Thx for sharing these recipes. I’m always looking for ways to sneak in some sea vegetables.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Debbie – Oh that sounds like an awesome trip! I definitely want to go back there now and explore all the other restaurants that people have been raving about! Let me know if you make the burgers :)

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  6. Mieko says:

    Wow, that tofu burger looks SO good! I love that there’s Hijiki in it. In my humble opinion, Hijiki is a superfood!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Mieko – I definitely want to try them with hijiki next time!

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  7. I am another NYC junkie – although I’ve never had the chance to live there (yet!). My husband and I visit at least once a year and dream about when we could make the move one day. Such a great place with so many food options. I’ve been drooling over all the meals I’ve seen on blogs from NYC restaurants I haven’t visited yet – can’t wait until the next trip!

    Oh yea – this meal looks yummy! – nori in a burger is a very interesting thought. :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Heather – Wouldn’t that be amazing? My fiance and I said the same thing when we were there last. I also want to visit all the restaurants that people have been talking about. I think I could spend 2 weeks there just eating!

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  8. Luciana says:

    This sounds so delicious! I’m adding this to my “make soon” list!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Luciana – Thanks for stopping by, let me know if you make it :)

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  9. Corrin Radd says:

    Did those burgers hold together well?

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Corrin – They held together for the baking and whatnot, but they are more of a crumbly burger because they’re pretty moist. But I think that’s how they’re supposed to be since they’re meant to be eaten as part of the salad, with lots of dressing on top. I hope that helps!

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  10. Cindy says:

    I really like the look of those burgers! They might be like the one I ate recently at Purple Peanuts, which I *loved*.

    The sauce is new to me, but I’ll clearly have to try it if I imitate these burgers. :-)

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Cindy – You’ve got it! That dressing is a MUST (even if you don’t make the burgers!) Going to check out your post now…

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  11. Those burgers sound fantastic – and I think I might have gone to dojos many years ago when visiting new york (I wish I could have stayed as long as you) because someone one the subway recommended it

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Johanna – It’s very possible that you did! A lot of people like Dojo’s – good, cheap, healthy food :)

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  12. TL says:

    Great blog! This dressing looks so so amazing! I am going to have to try it soon. And the photos are gorgeous. :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much! Please let me know what you think when you make it :)

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  13. We looooooooooooooved New York, such an amazing amazing city, had so much fun eating around there back in June, hadn’t heard of Dojo though!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hey K! Isn’t it magical? I love it! It doesn’t even matter where you eat, it’s all so good!

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  14. Allysia says:

    All of this looks like greatness, especially the carrot ginger dressing. I think I for sure have to give that a go! Those chopsticks are hella cute too! I’ve never been to NYC, but it’s right up there on my list. Or I’ll just move to Toronto and visit occasionally. Hmmm…I like that idea.

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Allysia – The dressing is a must, I make it all the time without the burgers. It’s super yummy with greens and cold tofu. I got the chopsticks here in Sydney – they came in a package with all sorts of colors to suit my mood. I just realized you’re in Saskatchewan! I will add you to my “Canadian Vegans” RSS reader :) Yes, move to Toronto! I’ll be living there as of May next year :))

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  15. Mel says:

    The burgers and the dressing look sensational! Another awesome recipe to add to my looooong list of MoFo bookmarks. Congrats on making the roundup twice! :D

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much Mel – Let me know if you try this:)

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  16. Emily says:

    Okay, I HAVE to try those burgers. Those looks so amazing!! The dressing sounds delicious too. I usually end up with the same-old-same-old oil & vinegar. Time for a change! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Emily – The dressing is a MUST for the burgers. Even if you don’t make the burgers, try the dressing. It will get you out of your oil&vinegar rut! :)

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  17. Nicole says:

    I love NYC, but I haven’t been back there since becoming vegan. I’m going there next week for a few days, so I am excited to finally try all the delicious vegan food offered up there.

    Your tofu burgers look amazing! I am definitely going to make them. Thank you for sharing.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Nicole – Have fun in NYC! If you make the burgers, you must make the dressing too. They belong together! :)

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  18. Erin says:

    I realize that this post is super-old, but as soon as I saw the title, the first thing I thought of was that meal at Dojo. I haven’t been there in years, but ate there a few times when I was in high school (I don’t live in NYC, but have family that does, so I visit). That flavor combination is amazing. I’m so excited to try making it now.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Erin! I never tried the Hijiki Burgers myself, so you’ll need to tell me if they’re pretty close or not. The dressing is amazing. I’ve been making a batch every week since I posted it. Mmmm…

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  19. Sometimes I think you’re reading my mind :)
    I just saw your peanut butter balls recipe on my feed and I have been on a pb kick so bad lately. I’ve eaten a jar this week on everything possible…including a spoon.
    Then, I see your ginger post and followed it to your ginger dressing.
    I just practically drank a bottle of Makoto’s and told myself I had to figure out how to make it on my own without all the preservatives. Well, I’ll just use your recipe instead :)
    Thanks for all the awesomeness!

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    • vegangela says:

      That’s so funny! Great minds… :)

      I hadn’t heard of Makoto’s so I just Googled it and it looks like they have some great stuff. Hopefully this dressing is close to theirs – you may have to tweak it a little bit to get it just right. Let me know if you make any modifications – I’m curious to hear what you think of it!

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  20. kristine says:

    i never comment on blogs ever. but i made this– and it was AMAZING. thank you for sharing it.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Kristine – First off, kudos to you for trying this recipe. It received a few comments but I think you’re the first person to let me know that they actually made it! It’s definitely one of my favorites. A bit of work to put together, but totally worth the results and you get a few meals out of it. So thanks for stopping by, trying one of my recipes, and taking the time to comment. All the best!

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  21. vic says:

    That dressing!!!! You nailed it! Made this tonight and everyone loved it! thanks*

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    • vegangela says:

      So glad to hear that. It’s one of my all-time faves. Need to make it ASAP now that I have a kitchen again :)

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  22. Christine says:

    Ever since I first tried it at Dojo’s, I always wanted a recipe for that carrot-ginger dressing. My husband and I live in NYC and I suppose we are a bit blessed when it comes to amazing vegan dining options. Still, I love to cook, so thanks for the recipe – I’ve made it before – it was quite good – and will make it again tonight.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Christine – Thanks for trying the recipe, glad you liked it. Lucky you to be living in NYC!

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  23. Veronica says:

    I cannot wait to try this! I lived across the Hudson for 30 years and Dojo’s soy burger and carrot tahini were absolutely essential to my welfare. :D
    Even today, though a couple hours away, when I get into the city, regardless of how far from the village I am, I have to get down to St Mark’s for dressing to go.
    Very excited to make this this week. thank you!

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    • vegangela says:

      I brought home a tub of Dojo’s dressing when I was in NYC last month. This is pretty close though, let me know what you think of it :)

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  24. Darcy says:

    I used to live in NYC and I still dream of Dojo’s hijiki tofu burgers! How happy am I to find your recipe? So Happy. :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Yay! Let me know what you think of it!

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  25. Missy says:

    My husband and I lived in NYC for 12 years, until about 5 years ago when we moved to Mexico. Tonight we were both craving Dojo burgers with carrot ginger sauce, and you totally nailed it! In fact, i think i like yours a little better- could it be because yours is a little more garlicky? Sometimes Dojo’s was a bit on the sweet side. Anyway, thanks so much! It made our night!

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    • vegangela says:

      YAY! I’m like dying right now that you think my version may be better than Dojo’s! What, what?! And yes, my recipe is probably more garlicky. I add garlic to everything, probably too much of it! Anyway, thanks for trying the recipe and taking the time to let me know that you liked it! :)

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  26. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the carrot dressing recipe! I’ve been trying to work that out since I left NYC years ago. Ah, Dojo…I always got the steamed veg with dressing too. occasionally the soy burger. I haven’t been in a couple years but I don’t remember the garlicky flavour in the dressing. Maybe I put too big a clove… Otherwise, spot on. I’m so happy :)

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    • vegangela says:

      The last commenter also mentioned the strong(er) garlic taste, so you’re probably right. Maybe use a small clove of garlic or none at all if you’re finding it overpowering? Anyway, I’m glad you like the recipe, it’s so fun “meeting” all these fellow Dojo-lovers :)

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  27. Monique says:

    I realize that this post is quite old but it came up on a search for the Dojo soy burger and carrot tahini dressing combo. Thank you so much for posting. I must have eaten hundreds of orders of the soy burger dinner at the St. Mark’s and NYU Dojo in the early to mid 90s. I plan on shopping for the ingredients this week.

    I don’t know of you heard the sad news that the NYU Dojo closed earlier this year. I no longer live in NYC but it still grieves me that this place has closed.

    Thanks again for posting!

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    • vegangela says:

      NOooooooooooooooooooo! Dojo’s is gone?! That’s so sad! I’m so glad that I got the chance to eat there the last time I was in NYC (August 2012)! Boo!

      Anyway, I hope you enjoy the burger and dressing. I will make it this week in memory of Dojo’s :(

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      • qmajesty says:

        dojo is back, its probably been re-opened for a while but i went there today

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        • Oh that’s amazing! Thanks for letting us know!

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  28. Renee says:

    What brought me to your blog is my search for Dojo’s soy burger. I’m from NY but don’t live there anymore. I love that you wrote about the salad dressing and will continue to hunt for the soy burger with melted cheddar. Unbelievable food! Such a hidden gem.

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    • vegangela says:

      Another Dojo’s fan. Love it! Hope you love the dressing and good luck with the hunt for the soy burger!

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  29. Tina says:

    Hi Angela,

    I was so excited to see this recipe! I lived in the east village in NYC for almost 10 years. I was two blocks from Dojos and went to college a block from there. In college I probably ate at Dojos more than at my own apartment. The Hijiki burger with side salad and the fabulous carrot ginger dressing was my favorite. I have never been able to replicate that dressing and I look forward to trying it! On a side note, I haven’t lived in NYC for over 15 years so when I went to visit about a year ago I wanted to go to Dojos and found that it was no longer there. So sad!!
    Anyway, I’ll try out the recipe and let you know how it goes.

    Thanks,
    Tina

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    • vegangela says:

      I was SO SAD to hear that Dojo’s closed. I guess they must have closed shortly after I was there in the summer of 2012. BOO. Hope you enjoy the dressing. Nothing will ever compare to the real thing, I suppose, but I hope it comes close enough for you!

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  30. Lisa says:

    I ate at Dojo’s on St. Mark’s Place religiously in the early to mid 90s. The Hijiki Tofu dinner was my go to meal — only $3.50! — because it was both delicious and a bargain. I’ve missed that carrot-tahini sauce over the years and I’m excited to try your recipe. The Peta.com hijiki burger looks very different from Dojo’s but I’ll give it a shot. I remember when the one next to NYU opened, but I was always a loyal customer to the one on St. Marks Place that closed probably a decade ago. Thanks for posting. A few friends on fB were just reminiscing about our survival food when we lived in NYC. My two “go to” things were Dojo’s and the saran wrapped fig bars that were 4 for $1 at all the bodegas in the East Village.

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    • I loved the St-Mark’s location too. There was also a great falafel place next door, if I remember correctly… The burger is definitely different, but still tastes really good with the dressing. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for the trip down memory lane ;)

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