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DASHI, だし、出汁 -is the iconic Japanese broth made from seafood and vegetables.

Although making Dashi broth from scratch is not difficult, it needs time and patience.

There is a simple resolution-especially when you forget to make Dashi broth, use dashi powder.

There are many products of Japanese “dashi” powder, and probably “Hondashi” is a staple granule soup stock powder in Japanese home cooking which is a product of Ajinomoto.

You can instantly make authentic Japanese dashi just by dissolving it in water, saving you the trouble of making the dashi broth from such bonito flakes or dried dashi kelp.

Ajinomoto Hondashi powder is made from bonito flake extract so that it can be used when you want fish broth.

RAW MATERIAL OF HONDASHI POWDER

Ajinomoto Soup Stock Hondashi

According to the product description, it uses 3 types of carefully selected bonito flakes, and these extra ingredients,

  • salt (produced in Japan)
  • sugars (sugar, lactose)
  • bonito powder
  • bonito extract
  • yeast extract
  • fermenting starches (monosodium glutamate)

Yeast Extract

Yeast extract is amino acids extracted from yeast and is used to improve the taste and flavor of foods.

MSG

Since Amino acids add flavor components which you may know about as “umami”, they can be used in processed products around us.

Umami ingredients have the advantage of reducing sourness and bitterness and making food delicious even with less salt while they can bring out the natural flavor of ingredients.

Although they are popular because they can be used to easily prepare delicious dishes, there are also safety questions, indeed, amino acids are treated as an additive.

Ajinomoto Hondashi contains monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is extracted from all-natural raw materials such as kelp, and bonito flakes.

MSG-free, additive-free Dashi Powder Products

If you are concerned about MSG, there are MSG-free and additive-free Dashi powder products available on Amazon.

  1. Awase Dashi Powder with No MSG (Bonito and Kelp Soup Stock)

It is an “Awase-dashi” which means mixed dashi flavor and this products combine well-balanced dashi flavor from dried bonito and kelp.

MSG-free and additive-free.

As it is also a powder type, easy to use.

Food allergy notice (on Shimaya website)…Milk, wheat flour


2. Umami dashi Soup Stock

It is made of 6 kinds of Japan-domestically produced ingredients. The strong dashi flavor from kelp will bring a mild and sensitive savory flavor like local dishes in Kyoto.

Since Umami dashi Soup Stock does not contain MSG and additives, it is safe for children.

Also, it contains a strong umami flavor, you don’t need extra amounts of salt and other seasonings.

Easy, quick to make delicious Japanese-style stock.

Just put a dashi packet in 2.5 cups of boiled water.


3. SHIMAYA Natural Soup Stock Pack

It is a dashi packet that uses natural ingredients that combine the four umami flavors of bonito, kelp, dried fish, and shiitake mushrooms without adding salt or chemical seasonings.

THE RATIO OF HONDASHI POWDER TO WATER

As a guide, add 2/3 teaspoon (2g) of Ajinomoto Hondashi powder to 300 ml (1.25 US cup).

Adjust the amount of salt since Hondashi powder contains salt.

For seasoning stir-fried vegetables, add 1 tsp of hondashi per 2 servings.

When To Add Dashi Powder

The best time to add Hondashi to cook, add it into a pot at the same time as the ingredients.
In the Japanese cooking method, it is often said that root vegetables (or vegetables that grow underground) should be added to the water before boiling.

On the other hand, ingredients that don’t need a long time to be cooked such as leaf veggies, mushrooms, and also tofu, add hondashi to the boiled water.

How To Make Miso Soup With Hondashi Powder

Miso soup is one of the popular Japanese dishes using dashi broth.

Miso soup is served daily in the Japanese diet, and hondashi powder saves time a lot.

miso soup with hondashi powder, how to make miso soup from hondashi powder

How To Make Miso Soup With Hondashi Powder

Rico McConnellRico McConnell
It's an easy way to make authentic Japanese miso soup. Use Hondashi powder. Choose your choice of dashi powder, pick your choice of miso and ingredients!
Course Soup
Cuisine Japanese

Ingredients  

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Hondashi powder
  • 3-4 tbsp Your Choice of Miso *1)
  • Your Choice of Ingredients *2)
  • Your Choice of garnishies

Ingredeint Suggestions

  • dried wakame seaweed
  • Diced tofu
  • Chopped chives or green onions *optional

Instructions 

  • In a middle or large pot, add harder or thick ingredients (root vegetables, raw meat, shellfishes) and the water.
  • Bring the water to a boil, add Hondashi powder, and simmer the ingredients until almost cooked.
  • Use a ladle to dissolve Miso. Start 3 tbsp of Miso if you are not sure how strong you like. Put miso on a ladle and soak it in dashi soup.
  • Use chopsticks or spoon or folk, dissolve miso completely. Taste the soup and adjust the flavor if needed. Keep your eyes on the soup to not bring the soup over-boiled.
  • Add diced tofu and heat the soup gently when you pick silk tofu. *3)
  • Put a pinch of dried wakame seaweed in a soup bowl. (Don't put too much wakame seaweed. You will be shocked how much they are increased.)
  • Pour Miso soup on the dashi kelp and toss chopped green onions.

Notes

  1. Read the post about how to make miso soup 
  2. Read the post about how to make miso soup
  3. About Tofu for the miso soup, read this post.
 
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Keyword Easy, Healthy, Hondashi, Miso, Traditional, Vegetables

USE HONDASHI POWDER IN JAPANESE HOME COOKING

You can use HONDASHI powder not only for dashi broth or soup but also for seasoning ingredients.

Besides, substitute hondashi powder for chicken soup powder in my recipes, then you can enjoy a different taste from usual.

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