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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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 Pickled mussels and scallops cured in kombu and washed in seawater are served in sheep’s yogurt and dill, overwhelmingly briny. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 Add wine and cover with kombu as tightly as possible before covering with the lid. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Dutch Oven Clam Bake," 11 May 2018 On the way to the bun, that crust receives one last blast of umami from a brush of tare — a mixture of kombu seaweed, bonito flakes, scallions, ginger, black pepper, garlic, tamari and brown sugar. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Combine mushrooms, ginger, chile, garlic, kombu, turmeric, and 4½ cups water in a medium saucepan. Alison Carroll, Bon Appetit, "Brothy Noodle Bowl with Mushrooms and Chiles," 19 Mar. 2018 Traditional Okinawan food makes use of kombu, a type of seaweed, and katsuobushi (dried bonito fish) to form a healthy stock. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "In the 'land of the immortals': Japan's centenarian pop band," 8 June 2018 Make sauce: In a large saucepan, combine soy sauce, water, kombu, onions, mirin and mushrooms. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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