Japanese fish stock, DashiJapanese fish stock is called "dashi" involving thinly curved dried bonito called katsuo-bushi, konbu-seaweed, and sometimes dried small fish.
Dashi (700ml-1L)Put 7cmx7cm konbu-seaweed in a deep pan, add 3 cups of cold water, allow it to rest for 30 mints. Then heat up gently. Take the konbu out just before it gets boiled. Add a handful of katsuobushi (7-9g) and allow it gently boiled for 1 min then turn the heat off. Leave it for 4-5 mins and strain the bonito through the net.
|Left: Katsuo-bushi (thinly curved dried bonito) and Right: Konbu-seaweed|
|Take the konbu out before boiling|
Alternatively, we can get a powdered Japanese soup stock.
However, as the traditional methodology creates the delicate and subtle flavour of dashi, I usually do not use these ready made powdered products.
All the ingredients can be found in Japanese food shop.
In london, Japan Centre.