Dashi (Japanese Fish Stock)

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Ingredient Name: Dashi (Japanese Fish Stock)

Traditional Chinese Name: 出汁, だし (dashi)

Nature:  Slightly cooling

Taste:  Salty

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Dashi, a clear yellowish liquid (or powder) is the name of a common Japanese soup base or stock used in a variety of soups (such as miso soup or clear broth), noodles, stews, or various simmering liquids and sauces. It’s made from kelp and fermented or dried bonito fish. You can always add vegetables and or other types of dried fish (similar to making basic chicken stock).

Dashi comes in powdered or liquid form. You can buy them premade or make it yourself.  For the quick way, it functions like chicken broth in that you can just add it to your soups or sauces as flavoring to give it that umami taste. As it’s composed primarily of seaweed or fish base, these are both slightly cooling ingredients within Traditional Chinese Medicine classification.

I typically only use dashi if I am making Japanese or Korean inspired soups and stews or as a marinade or seasoning. I will not use this in herbal teas or herbal soups. 

How do I prepare it?

      • I do make it from scratch using dried kombu (seaweed) and bonito flakes (fish).
      • For the purpose of my miso soups, I use dry and prepackaged dashi bought from the supermarket

What is the cost & where to buy?

      • Most Asian supermarkets will carry dashi in various forms

      • As pictured, you can buy from Amazon for $8 (for 60g). You don’t really need a lot as flavoring.
      • The prices will vary depending on make, brand, and production location.

I buy pre-made dashi from supermarkets or online. Alternatively, I also do make my own. You can buy this product here on Amazon.

Any benefits?

      • Dashi can be ready-to-serve and ready-to-use fish stock
      • It is non-perishable and comes in these tiny packs that are great for one portion use (or as a larger portion which you can scoop out with a spoon)
      • There is a variety of dashi recipes (with different ingredients) for you to explore

Any precautions?

      • Typically dashi as a seasoning is salty and therefore needs to be consumed in moderation (due to sodium concentration)

      • Be sure to buy from a reputable source (or make your own)

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