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Dashi is a cooking stock considered fundamental to Japanese cuisine.
Dashi forms the base for miso soups, clear broth soups, Japanese noodle broths, and many Japanese simmering liquids.

Dashi can be made in different ways. You can use Kombu (dried kelp), Bonito (Fish) flakes, instant granule dashi or powdered dashi in sachets. We sell all of these.


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More about dashi...
Dashi is a class of soup and cooking stocks considered fundamental to Japanese cooking. Shizuo Tsuji (1980) wrote that "many substitutes for dashi are possible, but without dashi, dishes are merely a la japonaise and lack the authentic flavor." Dashi forms the base for miso soups, clear broth soups, Japanese noodle broths, and many Japanese simmering liquids.
The most common form of dashi is a simple broth or stock made by boiling kombu (edible kelp) and kezurikatsuo, shavings of katsuobushi, and then straining the resultant liquid. Fresh dashi made from dried kelp and katsuobushi is rare today, even in Japan. Most people use granulated or liquid instant substitutes.

Other kinds of dashi stock are made by soaking kelp, shiitake, or niboshi in water for many hours or heating them in water nearly to boiling and straining the resultant broth. Kelp stock or kombu dashi is made by soaking kelp, or sea tangle, in water. Shiitake dashi stock is made by soaking dried shiitake mushrooms in water. Niboshi dashi stock is made by soaking small dried sardines (after pinching off their heads and entrails to prevent bitterness) in water.

In 1908, the unusual and strong flavor of kelp dashi was identified by Kikunae Ikeda as umami, the "fifth flavor", attributed to unique taste receptors responding to glutamic acid.

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Dashi and Bonito
Ajinomoto : Hon Dashi (Katsuo Dashi) - Bonito Fish Soup Stock 120g

Ajinomoto : Hon Dashi (Katsuo Dashi) - Bonito Fish Soup Stock 120g£4.98

Hon-Dashi seafood flavour is Japan's No.1 brand seafood flavour seasoning...

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Ajinomoto : Hon Dashi (Katsuo Dashi) - Bonito Fish Soup Stock 40g

Ajinomoto : Hon Dashi (Katsuo Dashi) - Bonito Fish Soup Stock 40g£2.18

Hon-Dashi seafood flavour is Japan's No.1 brand seafood flavour seasoning...

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Mizkan : Tsuyu Soup Stock (Bonito Flavoured Soup Base) Concentrate - 500ml

Mizkan : Tsuyu Soup Stock (Bonito Flavoured Soup Base) Concentrate - 500ml£5.99

A bottle of concentrated bonito flavoured soup base. For dipping sauces, broths, soups...

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Shimaya : Bonito Flavoured Soup Stock (Dashi No Moto) - 100g

Shimaya : Bonito Flavoured Soup Stock (Dashi No Moto) - 100g£3.78

Dashi is used as a base for almost all Japanese soups, broths and stews...

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Shimaya : Bonito Flavoured Soup Stock (Dashi No Moto) - 50g

Shimaya : Bonito Flavoured Soup Stock (Dashi No Moto) - 50g£2.18

Dashi is used as a base for almost all Japanese soups, broths and stews...

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Wel-Pac : Dashi Kombu Seaweed (Dried Kelp/Konbu) - 114g

Wel-Pac : Dashi Kombu Seaweed (Dried Kelp/Konbu) - 114g£3.31

Kombu is the basic dashi ingredient. Konbu is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine...

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