Basic Dashi Stock

    1 hour 50 minutes

    Japanese miso and noodle soups are traditionally judged by the quality of their dashi, which is a stock made from kombu (dried kelp seaweed) and bonito flakes (shavings of dried smoked tuna). You can find bonito flakes at the supermarket and dried kelp in Asian shops.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 30g kombu (dried kelp)
    • 4 cups (1 litre) water
    • 1/2 cup bonito flakes

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

    1. Wipe away any dirt from the kombu with a paper towel, being careful not to rub off the white powdery deposits on the seaweed. Place the kombu and water in a saucepan, and allow it to soak for 30 minutes to become soft.
    2. Remove the kombu from the water, and cut several lengthwise slits into the leaf. Return the kombu to the water, and bring it to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, remove the kombu to prevent the stock from becoming bitter.
    3. Stir the bonito flakes into the kombu-flavoured water, bring back to a boil, and take the pan off the heat. Allow the water to cool. When the bonito flakes have settled to the bottom, strain the dashi through a sieve lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter.

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    What can I use to replace bonita flakes  -  06 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is the base for miso soup (among other recipes) and is what makes the soup so good! Thank you for the easy recipe!  -  01 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Easy to make. I used dried kelp knot instead.  -  16 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)