First, you should understand that making Japanese soup stock - dashi - is
nothing at all like making western style stocks, where thing boil away for
hours. It is much more akin to brewing tea; you do not ever want the water
to boil after adding the seaweed and bonito flakes.
Bring the water just up to a boil.
If your kombu has a thin film of white powder on it, wipe it gently with a
damp paper towel.
Drop the kombu into the water and remove from the heat. DO NOT boil the
kombu in the water!
After 5 minutes, use chopsticks or tongs to remove the kombu. You can drain
it and save it for a second use.
Drop the bonito flakes into the hot water and allow to steep for another 5
minutes or so. Again, do not boil!
If you are using the spring onion, add it with the bonito.
Again, using tongs or chopsticks, remove the spring onion and discard.
Strain the dashi; you can save the bonito flakes for a second use. Cover
tightly and store refrigerated, and use within 2-3 days.
NOTE: "Ichiban" dashi literally means "1st dashi". Second dashi, made from
the leftovers, is generally used for soups and stews ("nabe") where other
stronger flavors would be combined; ichiban dashi is used for the clear
soups and sauces where the dashi flavors should be clear, mild and quite
distinct. Dashi is seldom salted, since it is often combined with salty
ingredients such as soy sauce and miso.
In Japan, many if not most households, especially in the larger cities, no
longer make dashi from scratch, partly because of the tiny size of the
kitchens in modern Japanese apartments. They use instead powdered dashi
stock, and some of them are quite good (not as good as home-made, but
acceptable). Shimaya brand is very good and available in many supermarkets -
the HEB in my neighborhood has it - and I keep some on the shelf against
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (15g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 0 (0%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 2.4mg||0 %|
|Potassium 41.4mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 1.1g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.4g||2 %|
|Sugars, other 0.7g|
|Protein 0.3g||0 %|
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