kom·​bu | \ ˈkäm-(ˌ)bü How to pronounce kombu (audio) \

Definition of kombu

: a laminarian kelp used especially in Japanese cooking as a seasoning in soup stock

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Add the ginger, kombu, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and saffron. Los Angeles Times, "Charred Onion Broth," 24 July 2019 Katsumura weaves these bundles into a wreath with fried and pickled mushrooms, toasted kale, and pickled huckleberries, the delicate fruit leaching deep purple swirls into the sauce, a classic beurre monté fortified with kombu oil. Adam Erace, Fortune, "Review: The Food at Chicago’s Yūgen Is Delightful but Sometimes Overwrought," 9 June 2019 There are a number of ways to serve udon—with a hot or cold broth (usually made using iriko fish and kombu or dashi and soy sauce) and topped with items like tempura, a raw egg, scallions, chili flakes, or soy sauce. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Udon, Japan’s Most Important Noodle, Is Worth Traveling For," 31 May 2019 Dishes include a smoked duck dashi soup with pine, roasted pumpkin topped in homemade ricotta and kombu algae, and yellowtail sashimi marinated in soy, ginger, and lemony yuzu. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to the Little Tokyo of Mexico City," 23 Jan. 2019 Combine kombu and 4½ cups cold water in a medium saucepan. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Sesame Arctic Char Donabe," 19 Mar. 2018 At Chicago’s Smyth, chef John Shields’s menu includes a Turkish-towel gelée, a sea-lettuce pastry that smells like white truffles and tastes like matcha, a seaweed caramel tart, and a kombu ice cream Shields insists could pass for a Wendy’s Frosty. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 For the broth: For the cucumber pickles: For radish pickles: For assembly: 1. Make broth: In a large stockpot over high heat, combine water, kombu and shiitake mushrooms. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 In a small saucepan, combine the kombu, vinegar, sugar and salt; place over medium heat and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and salt. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of kombu

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kombu was in 1884

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