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What can I use in place of Dashi granules?

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


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

      1. 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. 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. Thank you so much to one and all :)

            1. 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.

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

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                  1. re: yumyumyumyum

                    Careful there, it can also be a trade name.

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