Instant Dashi Powder
Dashi (出汁, だし), or Bonito fish soup stock, is used as a base for many Japanese soups, broths and stews. It provides the “umami” factor aka the “fifth taste” (together with sour, sweet, bitter and salty/spicy).
Instant granulated (powdered) dashi is used as a short-cut to home-made dashi stock. Just dissolve the granules in hot water according to recommended ratio stated on the packaging (usually 1 tsp of powder to 1 cup of hot water) or based on your recipe requirement.
Dashi can be sold in sachets or in a small glass bottle. I prefer the latter (pictured above) because it is easier to measure them for cooking.
Where to buy in Singapore:
- Japanese supermarkets (Meidi-Ya, Sakuraya, Isetan Scotts)
- Japanese sections of local supermarkets