How to make Japanese soup stock(Bonito and kelp stock)


“Dashi” is the basis of Japanese cuisine.
There is also a simple powdery one, which is convenient.
But If you know how to make a full-fledged soup stock with only kelp and dried bonito
you can learn more about Japanese cuisine.
Today I will show you how to make it.

Related article:About the basic “Dashi(soup stock)” of Japanese cuisine

How to make the first soup


1000 ml water
30 g dried bonito
20 g kelp


Step 1
Put 1000 ml of water in a pan

Step 2

Wipe off the kelp lightly

Step 3

Put kelp in water

Step 4
Boil the heat over low heat for 10 minutes.
Don’t bring it to a boil.
* If it is too weak, the kelp will become slimy, and if it is too strong, the scent will deteriorate.

Step 5

Bubbles pop out and the kelp is taken out just before boiling.
(Please do not throw it away as it will be used later.)

Step 6
Bring the liquid to a boil to remove the odor.
When the lye comes out, take it.

Step 7


When the temperature drops after adding about 90 cc of water,
Add dried bonito flakes and simmer on low heat for 1 minute.
(Be careful not to bring it to a boil)

Step 8

Take the lye and take out it with a clean cloth.
(Do not squeeze. Wait for the liquid to fall naturally)
The remaining kelp and dried bonito are used in the second soup stock.

Step 9
The first soup stock can eat it as a soup if you mix 3 g of salt, 1 tbsp of sake and 1 tsp of soy sauce.

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How to make the second soup


1000 ml water
15 g bonito frake
The remaining kelp and dried bonito of the first soup


Step 1

Put water, kelp and dried bonito flakes in the first soup stock, and additional dried bonito flakes in a pot.
15 minutes on medium heat

Take the lye when it comes out.

Step 2
take out soup, if it is reduced by about 20%

Step 3
Squeeze well with a ladle.


Left: the first soup
right: the second soup

How to make bonito kelp tsukudani


Finely chop the remaining dried bonito flakes and kelp.
Fry in a frying pan to remove any water.


After that, boil it with 3 tbsp of soup stock, 1 tablespoon of sake, 1.5 tbsp of sugar, and 1.5 tbsp of soy sauce, and it will be a side dish of rice balls and rice.


Now you can make delicious Japanese food.
You can enjoy various flavors with just a few ingredients.
Please try it.


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This blog was created with the concept of having many people enjoy Japanese cuisine overseas. Here are some simple Japanese recipes. In addition to that, I would like to tell everyone that Japanese ingredients are available overseas. And I want to spread the fun of Japanese culture to the world.


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