Dashi – The Magical Ingredient

In Japanese food, dashi is the magical ingredient. It’s in almost everything and made out of bonito fish (katsuobushi). Vegan in Japan? You’re near doomed although there is a seaweed version (kombu dashi) that’s gets used as well, often in tandem with the bonito version. This ingredient is almost not considered as a meat related product. It’s just the starting point and from there, it’s off the cooking. I grew up with it and I now use it. It’s even in miso soup. LA Times covers it. (LA Times – Dashi)