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Dashi is essentially a stock made from water, flakes of dried bonito (a type of tuna) and kombu (dried seaweed). It is the cornerstone of many Japanese recipes. Premade dashi is available at Asian markets; it's often called bonito soup stock.

  1. 6 cups water
  2. 1 ounce bonito flakes (2 cups)
  3. 1/2 ounce kombu (optional)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Strain the dashi into a large bowl.