Thursday, August 7, 2008

All purpose Dashi

Dashi is the most basic ingredient necessary for many Japanese recipes. I make dashi at least two or three times a week depending on how often I cook. There are various qualities of dashi and it can get more gourmet by adding Shiitake mushrooms and anchovies, etc, etc.

I've made a slide show on how to make an all purpose dashi. Personally, I never use packaged dashi because nothing beats fresh dashi. Once you know how to make it, it becomes very easy and becomes an asset in the kitchen because you can use it to cook in so many ways.

The ingredients are:

2 litres of cold water
2 inch kombu - wipe with a wet cloth, do not wash
One and a half cup of katsuobushi

  • Soak kombu in cold water for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes, the kombu will double up in size.
  • Bring water and soaked kombu to an almost boil (about 7 minutes).
  • Do not boil kombu in the water because it will give a bitter or awkward taste.
  • Once the water has almost come to a boil, remove the kombu.
  • Pour the one and a half cup of dashi into the hot water.
  • Bring to boil and switch off the fire immediately.
  • Skim of scum if any.
  • After 15 minutes, sieve dashi into another pot.
  • Use as required or keep in a Tupperware in the fridge. Can keep up to one week.

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nobu said...

You made a nice recipe again.

Hanakatsuo is same we usually use.

Bento Pet said...

nobu: There are so many ways to make dashi and I find this the simplest.

allthingspurple said...

Pat, I have been storing my dashi ... Made from your recipe , what else? haha. this very recipe.. in mineral water bottles inside the fridge and am have been wondering about the plastic. May I know what you store your dashi in?


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