Preparation info
  • Makes about

    3½ cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Soup: A Way of Life

By Barbara Kafka

Published 1998

  • About

This makes a very light stock without the mirin, soy, and salt. There are a few kinds of commercially available instant dashi. One I tried contained dried bonito, salt, and glucose. It is strong, dark, and salty-sweet.


  • One 8- inch (20- cm) length konbu (kelp)
  • 4 cups<


Place the konbu in a small saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil. Remove the konbu and reserve for another use.

Remove from the heat, stir in the bonito flakes, and allow them to settle to the bottom of the broth.

Strain through a damp-cloth-lined sieve; gather up the cloth and squeeze out the excess liquid. Discard the bonito flakes. Stir in the soy sauce, mirin, and salt.</