: a fish broth made from dried bonito flakes and kombu
My broth of choice is often dashi, an essential Japanese stock of dried bonito flakes, kombu, and water that gives dishes like miso soup their subtle briny flavor.Emma Fishman
Dashi, an umami-rich stock, is the stealth building block for many Japanese recipes: soups and ramen dishes; sides and salads; poached proteins and vegetables; and dipping sauces.The Dallas Morning News

Examples of dashi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several dishes, including the rice (don) dishes, often build on a homemade dashi. Jessica Carbone, Saveur, 3 Apr. 2024 Similar to bouillon powder or instant dashi, Vegeta is a cheat code for boosting flavor. Sam Smart, Bon Appétit, 22 Aug. 2023 Others involve new spins — like the addition of yuzu to the Key lime pie or dashi and miso to the clam chowder. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2023 And the handmade Sonora flour alkaline noodles in a kielbasa dashi with yellow mustard, neon relish and a quail egg. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 And maybe a dashi of inspiration. Arlene Borenstein-Zuluaga, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Apr. 2021 If the temperature is lower than that, only minimal umami is drawn out of the kombu and, thus, into the dashi. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 Most of the noodle dishes at Marugame are served swimming in broth — chicken, beef or dashi — and topped with beef, chicken meatballs or fried tofu. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2020 Before, the point of miso soup for me was noshing on the tofu, seaweed and scallions, but Ando’s version taught me how much work a superior dashi can do. Eric Kim, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Japanese, broth

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dashi was in 1955

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“Dashi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dashi. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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