Dashi powder is granulated bonito soup stock that can be used to make instant dashi for quick miso soups and to flavor noodle dishes.
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Dashi powder has a smoky, slightly fishy flavor that is very similar to smoked salmon and is very salty with high amounts of umami-ness. This is a very flavourful product so a little goes a long long way. Treat this as salt and always just add a little bit at a time and taste the dish before adding more since it is very easy to overdo it.
How Do You Use It?
Dashi powder is most commonly used to make dashi, which is a smoked bonito (tuna) and kelp soup stock for noodle soups or miso soups. The stock made by dashi powder can be used interchangeably with any recipe that calls for chicken/beef/veggie broth as well. You can also use it to make create sauces for stir-fried recipes!
Dashi powder comes in little granules that you need to dissolve into liquid before you can use it.
How To Substitute Dashi Powder
You can substitute dashi powder with soy sauce. You will lose a bit of the smoky flavor it will still give you the umami saltiness that dashi powder provides.
Where Can I Buy Dashi Powder?
These are usually sold in Asian grocery stores in small glass jars or large boxes. If you can't find them in your local stores, you can easily purchase dashi powder online on Amazon as well.
How Do You Store It?
Once opened, it should be kept in an air-tight container (it usually comes in its own jar unless you buy the box) in the fridge. It also has an expiry date on the packaging as well to let you know how long to keep it for.
Recipes That Use Dashi Powder
- Easy Tteokbokki (Korean Spicy Rice Cakes)
- Chinese Stir-Fried Cabbage with Ginger Soy
- Stir-Fried Rice Cakes with Kimchi
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- Kimchi Soondubu (Spicy Korean Soft Tofu Stew)
- Black Garlic Shirataki Noodles with King Oyster Mushrooms
- Easy Cold Soba Noodles (Zaru Soba)
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