Dashi awase or Japanese Broth / Dashi awase ou bouillon japonais

Dashi, among the Japanese, is their staple broth. Much like our chicken, beef or vegetable broth. It is a clear broth with umami flavor. It is used for multiple preparations such as the famous miso soup, noodle soups, sauces and stews.

Dashi is traditionally made from dried brown seaweed (also commonly known as dashima, kombu or kelp) or dried bonito which are infused in cold or slightly hot water. Dashi awase is an infusion of both.

Dashi awase

Dashi awase is therefore a broth of kombu or edible seaweed and dried bonito or katsuobushi. Bonito is a cousin of tuna fish. It is dried, fermented and then smoked. Kelp or Kombu is a dried edible brown seaweed.

To make a Dashi Awase (which means “mixture” or “combination”), you have to infuse these two dry ingredients so that they respectively release their aromas and tastes.

It is possible to infuse them in ambiant or hot water. When ambiant or cold, it takes between 2 and 5 hours depending on the season and the ambient temperature. When hot, the infusion is faster. On the other hand, do not exceed 70C if not, the Kombu will become sticky.

Zero waste in the kitchen

Do not throw away the Kombu leaves that have infused, they will be used to make a second infusion less subtle and more tasty often used for miso soup or to make this salad.

Dashi awase or Japanese Broth

To make 1 liter of broth, you need …

  • 15g or 2 sheets 10x10cm Kombu
  • 20-25g bonito or katsuobushi
  • 1L spring water

  1. In a saucepan, soak the Kombu 1 to 2 hours. Then heat at low temperature (60-65C) for 1 hour. Filter. Save the Kombu leaves for another recipe.
  2. Bring the infused and filtered Dashi to a boil, then add the bonito flakes. Let boil then cut. Wait for the flakes to sink or fall to the bottom then filter.
  3. Dashi awase is now ready to be used in your recipes like this one.

In Health!

Chantal

Dashi awase Japanese Broth / Bouillon japonais

Le dashi, chez les japonais, est le bouillon de base. Un peu comme notre bouillon de poulet, de bœuf ou de légumes. C’est un bouillon clair à saveur umami. Il sert à de multiples préparations telles que la fameuse soupe miso, des soupes de nouilles, des sauces et des préparations mijotées.

Le Dashi est traditionnellement préparé à base d’algues brunes séchées (aussi communément appelées dashima, Kombu ou kelp) ou de bonite séchée qui sont infusées dans de l’eau froide ou légèrement chaude. Le dashi awase est une infusion des deux.

Dashi awase

La dashi awase est donc un bouillon de kombu ou d’algues comestibles et de bonite séchées ou katsuobushi. La bonite est un poisson cousin du thon. Elle est séchée, fermentée puis fumée. La kelp ou Kombu est une algue brune comestibles séchée.

Pour faire un Dashi Awase (qui veut dire “mélange” ou “combinaison”), il faut infuser ces deux ingrédients secs afin qu’ils libèrent respectivement leurs arômes et leurs goûts.

Il est possible de les infuser à froid ou à chaud. À froid, il faut compter entre 2 et 5 heures selon la saison et la température ambiante. À chaud, l’infusion est plus rapide. Par contre, il ne faut pas excéder les 70C si non, le Kombu deviendra gluant.

Zéro déchet en cuisine

Ne jette pas les feuilles de Kombu qui ont infusées, elles serviront à faire une deuxième infusion moins subtile et plus goûteuse souvent utilisé pour les Soupe miso ou pour faire cette salade.

Dashi awase ou bouillon japonais

Pour faire 1 litre de bouillon, tu as besoin de…

  • 15g ou 2 feuilles 10x10cm Kombu
  • 20-25g bonite ou katsuobushi
  • 1L eau de source

  1. Dans une casserole, faire tremper le Kombu 1 à 2 heures. Puis faire chauffer à basse température (60-65C) pendant 1h. Filtrer. Conserver les feuilles de Kombu pour une autre recette.
  2. Amener à ébullition le Dashi infusé et filtré puis ajouter les flocons de bonite. Laisser prendre l’ébullition puis couper. Attendre que les flocons coulent ou tombent au fond puis filtrer.
  3. Le Dashi awase est maintenant prêt à être utilisé dans vos recettes comme celle-ci.

Santé!

Chantal

Carrots Soup

In need of a beta carotene boost? This soup is for you!

This simple yet comforting soup is just great!

Sometimes, it nice to put one ingredient in the spotlight. Carrots are full of vitamins. Accompanied by garlic and ginger, those two help boost its nutritional value. Beta-carotene, phenolic acid, Vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, etc.

Love soup? Love carrots? Make this ASAP!

All you need is

500g Carrots

2-3L water or broth (depending how thick you like it)

4cm Fresh ginger

1-2 garlic clove

1 lime

Bunch of cilantro

Cut and cook the carrots in either water or homemade broth with the garlic and the ginger.

When the carrots are cooked trough, blend with an emersion blender or wait until cooled to transfer into regular blender. Puree everything. Serve hot. Garnish with fresh cilantro and drizzle lime juice on top.

Enjoy!

In health,

Chantal

Bone Broth

Beef Bones, carrots, onions, celery, apple cider vinegar and water.

Fight inflammation, promote healthy digestion, bone broth is a must for a healthy lifestyle.

It can be made with high quality grass fed, pastured and organic animals.

Here, I made it with beef marrow.

So first thing is to let sit your bones (1.5 to 2kg) an hour with only water (4.5L) and apple cider vinegar (125ml).

Then, add the vegetables (3 celery’s stalks, 3 carrots, 3 onions) and bring to a boil. Skim the scum.

Turn down to let simmer for 24 to 72 hours on low heat.

Let it cool and then drain. Make sure the marrow is in the broth! That’s the good stuff!

Store in an airtight container.

When ready to consume, add parsley for extra minerals and salt.

Enjoy and good health!

Chantal

Ps. If you don’t want to throw any food away. Cause you are like me and don’t like to waste food. Keep your vegetables. Smooch all the water out and you will be able to make a “burger” patty or even a veggie spread. Since they’re less tasteful, don’t forget to add spices and herbs.