Japanese Dashi Stock

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 16 to 20 square inches of kombu (available at Asian Grocery's)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed bonito flakes Available at Asian Grocery's)
Dashi one of the primary ingredients in Japanese cooking. It is the broth that is the base for miso soup.
  • Place the water and the kombu in a pot and let the kombu soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Place the pot over medium heat.
  • Right before the water starts to boil, remove the pot from the heat and scatter the bonito flakes over the surface of the water.
  • Allow the bonito flakes to soak for about 4 minutes.
  • Then strain the stock through a wire sieve lined with a coffee filter.
  • You may refrigerate the stock in a¬†tightly¬†cover container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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