The cold soup hiyajiru, is a local dish in Miyazaki, notable for its hot summers. The dish can be quickly assembled by busy farmers and fishermen. Roasted sesame seeds are ground in a mortar with miso to which dashi is added. The chilled dashi is often made with iriko small dried anchovies and sardines.
Throughout Japan there are similar versions of hiyajiru but Miyazaki is famous for including tofu. Hiyajiru is soul food for people of Miyazaki. Enjoying a cold soup in the heat of summer is a special treat. One of the tips to make cold soup more delicious is that it is to make it rich in umami. The tofu, a rich source of protein, becomes delicious from the umami-rich soup.RECIPE_HEADEND