Making ‘DASHI (Soup Stock)’ from scratch like any other cooking process is the best but when often we are pressed for time, here are some products which helps us to provide the ‘DASHI (Soup Stock)’ for Japanese cooking.
This is a bizarre vending machine seldom seen located in the metropolitan district of Tokyo. It’s a ‘DASHI (Soup Stock)’ vending machine and sell two types of bottled soup stocks. This bizarre idea is produced by Nitanda Shoyu Brewing (Hiroshima prefecture), interesting to see their vending machine locations just few but covering a vast area of Japan. The bottled ‘DASHI’ is a condense soup form and used diluted as to your cooking needs.
Going back to my yesterday’s post, the common Japanese cooking item may be quite an unique ingredient for some of the readers. The dried sea kelp (KONBU) and the Hanakatsuo Dried Shaved Bonito Flakes. Surprisingly I was able to find these at amazon.com if anyone may be interested.
Other pre-made DAASHI helpers are :
Tsuyu no Moto created by Ninben
A condensed soup base with soy sauce which I personally use for ‘stewing’ foods. The balance of it’s blend of dashi, soy sauce and mirin (sweetness) makes it easy to achieve the final balanced flavor. It can also be used for sauces for tempura and diluted for noodle soup.
Ajinomoto – Hon Dashi (Soup Stock)
This comes in a powdered form and using 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of water will produce a ready fast soup stock. I personally use this for the soup stock for making miso soup.
Kayanoya Original Dashi Stock Powder
Kayanoya’s soup stock is also a very popular item in Japan, it tastes good and comes in a sache form to extract the ‘umami’ of it’s blended dashi.