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What can I use in place of Dashi granules?

MsBees Aug 24, 2010 07:35 AM

I would like to make some Miso Soup but my husband is allergic to fish. And I can't find vegetarian dashi anywhere.

Thanks for your help

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    tastesgoodwhatisit Aug 26, 2010 02:10 AM

    If you have good quality miso, you can make it without the dashi.

    1. paulj Aug 25, 2010 03:35 PM

      MSG and salt - those are the main ingredients in Hon-Dashi.

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        yumyumyumyum Aug 25, 2010 06:11 PM


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          Quine Aug 30, 2010 05:28 PM

          Careful there, it can also be a trade name.

      2. hannaone Aug 25, 2010 03:24 PM

        I would also go with Miss Needle's suggestion for the kelp and shiitake.
        To amp up the flavor a bit you can briefly toast the kelp, and the soak water used to re-hydrate the shiitake makes an excellent broth base.

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          MsBees Aug 25, 2010 02:20 PM

          Thank you so much to one and all :)

          1. K K Aug 25, 2010 08:57 AM

            If you live in an area that has a good Japanese supermarket (e.g. Nijiya, Mitsuwa), see if you can find stock powder. The common one of course is bonito which you don't want. See if they have pure mushroom or konbu powder, like the first ones (left most sides) on the first and third row of this shop in Japan:


            1. Tripeler Aug 25, 2010 04:13 AM

              If you have any vegetarian soup base, use that instead. the quantity needed may vary from the normal quantity of dashi granules, but after a try or two you should know how much to use.

              1. Miss Needle Aug 24, 2010 08:42 AM

                I'd probably do kelp and dried shitake mushrooms. The mushrooms will give it that smoky umami that most resembles bonito.

                1. chook Aug 24, 2010 07:43 AM

                  I would probably just make a kelp stock, but there are some great suggestions here:


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