How to use our Dashi
Place one packet of Dashi in two cups of water.
Simmer for a few minutes.
Remove the Dashi packet and your soup broth is ready!
About this Product
Preparation is easy!
Simply put a packet of Traditional Umami Dashi Soup Base & Seasoning in 2 cups of water and heat until it simmers. Remove the packet and you have a delicious, savory soup broth ready to complement your meal or as an ingredient to your recipe.
What is Umami?
Umami is considered to be the fifth taste alongside the other four basic taste groups: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, and bitterness.
Often described as "savoriness," Umami flavor is characteristic of broths and cooked meats, and can be found in foods containing high levels of the amino acid glutamate, such as mushrooms, fish, and miso.
The word “Umami” is a loaner from Japanese and means "pleasant savory taste.” You can easily get Umami flavor using our Traditional Umami Dashi!
How Traditional Umami Dashi is made
During our search for regional makers of fine traditional Japanese cuisine, we found ourselves at the port of Yaizu, in Shizuoka Prefecture, a short hop away from Mt. Fuji. Yaizu is a major center of Japanese mackerel fishing, going back over 1,300 years to the Asuka Period of Japan’s history. Since that time, the locals here have used Japanese mackerel (bonito) shavings as a savory seasoning in a number of traditional recipes; most of all, “dashi,” or soup broth.
The process of making a good dashi is easy to understand, yet requires time, patience and skill to make. First, the bonito are dry roasted for three days and three nights, followed by direct fire drying and smoking of the fish for one month. The result of such prolonged smoking is that the fish is coated with a jet black ink-like substance known as “Arabushi.”
The finished dried fish is then gently brushed, removing the “hadakabushi,” which are the most savory flakes of dried fish. This becomes the main ingredient in Traditional Umami Dashi.
INGREDIENTS: Dextrin, Dried Bonito, Salt, Dried Bonito Shavings, Soy Sauce Powder (wheat, soybeans, oxidized starch, seed malt), Sugar, Yeast Extract (yeast, sweet potato, tapioca, corn, potato), Fermented Seasoning (fish sauce, soy sauce, water), Dried Mackerel, Dried Sardine, Dried Kelp, Dried Flying Fish
CONTAINS: FISH (BONITO, MACKEREL, SARDINE, FLYING FISH, ANCHOVY) WHEAT, SOYBEANS, CRUSTACEAN SHELLFISH (SHRIMP, CRAB)