DIY Japanese Stock (Dashi)

I wanted to make a soft tofu dish (see here for recipe) but didn’t have any Japanese soup stock (also known as ‘dashi) in the the cupboard. Silly me, I’ve always bought Spiral’s pre-made kombu (seaweed) and shitake mushroom stock instead of making my own. But how hard can it be? So I boiled up some water and added some sea vegetables and dried mushrooms I had, and voila! Ready to go! After evaporation, 3 cups of water made about 1 1/2 cups of stock.

3 cups of water
1 handful of dried shitake mushrooms
1 handful of sea vegetables or kombu (both types of seaweed)

1. Boil water in a small saucepan.
2. Add shitake mushrooms and seaweed to the water.
3. Turn heat down so pot is simmering.
4. Cook for 20 minutes until the stock is a lovely ‘tea’ colour.
5. Drain contents, retain the stock so it’s now ready to use and keep the seaweed and mushrooms to add to your favourite dish.
6. Exclaim, “Wow! That was soooooooo easy!”

Japanese food… the flavours speak for themselves!
An original for Vegematarian.

Categories: Bigger Meals, Soups

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6 Comments on “DIY Japanese Stock (Dashi)”

  1. February 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM #

    never made my own but I really mostly use dashi for miso soup and always put in dried shitake mushrooms so maybe I just need to add kombu to the soup rather than dash???? Though I think the dashi is salty too – did you add salt?

    • February 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM #

      Yeah it seems to do the job. Didn’t need to add any salt… which is good because I always feel like I’m drinking an ocean when I drink miso. Good to know the old heart is getting a break! :-)


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