Success in the reverse engineering effort.  The following recipe yields very close knockoff of the Tokyo Express Tofu Salad Ginger dressing.   It was described as the Benihana ginger dressing so I have to assume Tokyo express copied their dressing.

1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper  ( optional – original Benihana recipe called for this.  Appears Tokyo Express does not use it )
 
Instructions:  Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until all of the ginger is well-pureed.

Makes 1 3/4 cups.

 

Artsy's comment below stimulated me to email him and ask for any recipe he thinks is closer to the Tokyo Express recipe. While googling I found some useful research links.

Research Links


From CollabKitchen

Ginger Dressing 
Ingredients

1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sesame oil
1//3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce, soy alternative or coconut aminos
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, optional
Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until all of the ginger is well- pureed. Serve over a lovely green salad with strips of carrot. Also works well on Japanese chicken recipes such as Teriyaki chicken or Oyako chicken bowls.


If you have any tweaks to these recipes please by all means leave a comment detailing your tweak. 

6 Comments

artsy MonsterID Icon artsy · April 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

this is the supposed recipe for benihanna salad dressing (as stated), not tokyo express, which has a thinner, almost milker dressing. this is copied directly out of the "top secret recipes". both dressings, while ginger based, are distinctively different and while you may get something similar in this recipe (i use it all the time) if you are specifically looking for the dressing from tokyo express, i believe you will be rather dissappointed with the results. it isn't bad-tasting, just prepare yourself for benihanna, not tokyo express.

Fudgy McFarlen MonsterID Icon Fudgy McFarlen · April 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

I  cribbed off the recipe from Benihannas that was online however I was recreating the Tokyo express recipe since I'd never really been there but maybe once a very very long time ago.  To me it is close to Tokyo Express.  I have a hard time seeing how it could be considered "distinctly" different as it has the essential ginger + catchup + celery undertones that make it's flavor so subtle.  If you have what you feel is a better version please do return and inform.  I love the Tokyo Express dressing!

BTW: I’d never heard of the “top secret recipe” site.

Fudgy McFarlen MonsterID Icon Fudgy McFarlen · April 29, 2015 at 6:39 am

I emailed artsy asking for his recipe.  No answer.  His motivation goes suspect.

Justin MonsterID Icon Justin · July 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm

I worked at Tokyo Express for five years and they make the dressing at the Cherry Blossom bakery. It is very hard to replicate but I do know it is a ketchup lemon ginger base so it should be close. Good luck. If you find something close add to it. Charlie will not tell you. 

Fudgy McFarlen MonsterID Icon Fudgy McFarlen · July 15, 2018 at 5:59 am

Justin — who is Charlie??  The recipe results in a very close facsimile and I have been using it for years.  I loved Tokyo Express after hiking squaw peak.  I always ordered the teriaki chicken bowl.

Stacy MonsterID Icon Stacy · February 21, 2021 at 10:53 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this!  My husband & I loooove Tokyo Expresses Ginger Dressing & are excited to give this recipe a try.  It’s a challenge finding any premade that comes close to their deliciousness.  I hope this is a winner! 

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