Chewy Cheese Hijiki & Okara Balls

Chewy Cheese Hijiki & Okara Balls

These okara chewy balls can easily be made in the microwave, with no need to use up gas. They're simple and provide plenty of fiber and minerals.

Ingredients: 10 balls

*Fresh okara
100 g
50 g
*Dashi stock granules
4 g
100 ml
Processed cheese
3 slices (25 g)
Shoots of hijiki seaweed (dried)
5 g
Water to reconstitute the hijiki
500 ml
Bonito flakes
to taste


1. Reconstitute the hijiki seaweed in 10x the amount of water. Cut the cheese into 1 cm cubes.
2. Combine the * ingredients in a heat-resistant bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes at 600 W.
3. Remove from the microwave and add the hijiki. Mix it well so that there are no lumps.
4. Microwave for 2 minutes, uncovered. Use a wooden spoon to knead it well.
5. When it becomes sticky like mochi, wet your hands and separate into small portions (about 25 g). Form them into ellipses and place some cheese in the center. Wrap the dough around the cheese and form a ball.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave again for 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
7. Optionally top with bonito flakes and they're done.

Story Behind this Recipe

I was wondering if the slippery hijiki seaweed, which is difficult to eat, would be easier to eat if kneaded into round balls of dough. So I added them in and included some cheese in the center for a flavor that even kids will enjoy.