Dashi Stock

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This version of dashi—a seaweed based broth and building block of Japanese cuisine—comes from Sonoko Sakai. Dried mushrooms and bonito (dried fish flakes) add even deeper, more pungent flavor.

Dashi Stock
This building block of Japanese cuisine is a seaweed based broth flavored with dried mushrooms and bonito (dried fish flakes).
Yield: makes 8 cups


  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 3 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1 (3-inch–square) sheet kombu
  • 2 oz. bonito flakes


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water with mushrooms and let stand for 1 hour. Add kombu and bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, discard the mushrooms and kombu, and stir in bonito flakes. Let steep for 10 minutes, pour the dashi through a fine sieve set over a bowl, and discard the bonito flakes. Store the dashi in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.