| Dashi (Traditional Japanese Cooking Stock)
Makes 4 cups / This smoky, flavorful stock serves as a base for many Japanese dishes. Ingredient tips: Look for kombu (a dried sea vegetable) and bonito fish flakes in the market’s international-foods section. A 1-ounce bag of bonito flakes contains about 8 cups loosely packed flakes. Ready-to-use dashi is also available at Asian grocery stores in liquid or powder form; or you can substitute low-sodium vegetable stock or broth.
1 4×4-inch sheet kombu
1. Place kombu in a medium saucepan. (Do not wash or wipe off the whitish powder; it abounds with flavor.) Add water and bring almost to a boil. Immediately remove kombu to prevent liquid from becoming bitter.
PER SERVING (1 cup): 43 cal, 0% fat cal, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 8mg chol, 8g protein, 1g carb, 0g fiber, 60mg sodium