What is Dashi Powder? How to Use and Recipes

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Dashi powder is an instant soup stock. It is from salt, sugar, dried bonito flakes, and umami seasoning. You can use it to make dashi soup and in a variety of recipes. Here is 11 useful and easy recipes with dashi powder.

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Dashi Powder = Instant Dashi Soup

First of all, there are many types of dashi powders. Ajinomoto Corporation’s product is “HONDASHI”. Many other names are “Dashi no moto“.

Here, let’s check the ingredients of Ajinomoto’s “Hondashi”, the most popular one.

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan), sugar (sugar, lactose), flavor ingredients (dried bonito powder, bonito extract), yeast extract, yeast extract fermentation seasoning/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=hondashi

The order of the names of the ingredients shows the order of the amount used. In other words, the main ingredient in dashi powder is salt. Umami ingredients such as amino acids are not so much.

And, in the Ajinomoto post, I said that too much ajinomoto makes a dish bad. From the ingredients of dashi powder, we know that we only need to add a little ajinomoto.

Not PURE Dashi Soup

The main ingredients of dashi powder are salt and sugar. On the other hand, when dashi is made from kombu and dried bonito flakes, salt and sugar are not used. In other words, dissolving dashi powder in hot water is not pure dashi broth.

I experimented with making miso soup with dashi broth, dashi powder, and ajinomoto. Before adding miso, the dashi powder tastes better than the dashi soup. However, when when we added miso, the dashi soup tastes better. In addition, using dashi powder increases the amount of salt and sugar.

What you can make with dashi powder is a already seasoned dashi soup. It is not pure dashi broth.

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How to Make Soup with Dashi Powder

So, how to dilute dashi powder? For each product is listed below.

  • Ajinomoto Hondashi – 1g (1/3 teaspoon) in 150mL water
  • Shimaya Dashi Powder – 1g (1/4 tsp) in 150mL water

1g of dashi powder in 150mL of water is enough to make broth. 1/3-1/4 teaspoon. Weight per teaspoon varies by product.

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Vegan Dashi Powder

By the way, is there a vegan dashi powder?

In fact, Ajinomoto’s “Kombu dashi” is a product that does not contain marine products, meat products, eggs, or dairy ingredients. All ingredients are plant-based.

It is clearly a vegan product. However, Ajinomoto does not market its products as vegetarian or vegan. Why? Perhaps there are no clear standards for vegan products in Japan, there are many dishes that use only vegetables. Maybe there is no need to call them vegetarian or vegan.

Shimaya Kombu dashi is also vegan product, though they don’t announce it as VEGAN.

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Dashi Powder Alternative

In short, Dashi Powder is an instant dashi broth. You can use it not only for soups but also for various other dishes. If you don’t have dashi powder, what should you use instead?

Dashi Powder Ratio

So, what is a substitute for dashi powder? At first, check the ingredients and nutritional information.

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan), sugar (sugar, lactose), flavor ingredients (dried bonito powder, bonito extract), yeast extract, yeast extract fermentation seasoning/seasoning (amino acids, etc.)

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts (per 1 cup (1g) of miso soup)
Energy: 2.4 kcal, Protein: 0.27 g, Fat: 0-0.01 g, Carbohydrate: 0.30 g, Salt equivalent: 0.40 g, Potassium: 2.0 mg, Phosphorus: 2.6 mg, Iodine: 0 mg

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=hondashi

Ratio Calculation

So, please consider the ingredients of dashi powder as salt, sugar, and dried bonito flakes.

First of all, let us look at the salt equivalent. 1 g of dashi powder contains 0.4 g of salt.

Next, we look at the carbohydrate content. All carbohydrates are sugar. In other words, 1 g of dashi powder contains 0.3 g of sugar.

The remaining 0.3 g is dried bonito flakes. If we calculate the nutritional content with this amount, it is almost the same as the dashi powder.

In other words, each gram of dashi powder contains 0.4 g of salt, 0.3 g of sugar, and 0.3 g of dried bonito flakes.

Bonito Flakes

If you do not have dashi powder, you can make it by mixing salt, sugar, and dried bonito flakes. Each gram of dashi powder contains 0.4 g of salt, 0.3 g of sugar, and 0.3 g of dried bonito flakes.

Roughly speaking, you need to add salt, sugar, and dried bonito flakes for each 1/3 of the amount of dashi powder.

Vegetable Soup Stock

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan), lactose, sugar, edible processed oils and fats, vegetable and meat extracts (Chinese cabbage extract, chicken extract, fermented yeast extract seasoning, beef extract, edible oils and fats), spices, vegetable extract, soy sauce, fructose, yeast extract/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), processed starch, acidifier, (some of which contain wheat, milk ingredients, beef, soybeans, chicken)

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=consomme_1

We call bouillon or vegetable soup stock as consommé in Japan. Like dashi powder, it contains the most salt, followed by sugar. It does not contain dried bonito flakes. Vegetable and meat flavors are added.

For example, you can use bouillon for seasoning stir-fries. In that case, add the same amount of dashi powder.

Chinese Chicken Soup Stock

Ingredients
Salt (manufactured in Japan and Thailand), dextrin, chicken extract, chicken oil, vegetable extract, pepper, protein hydrolysate, yeast extract/seasoning (amino acids, etc.), pH adjuster, emulsifier

https://www.ajinomoto.co.jp/products/detail/?ProductName=marudorigara_1

The ingredients do not include sugar and dried bonito flakes. Instead, it contains chicken and vegetable flavors. The ingredients are quite different. Chinese chicken soup stock is not a good substitute for dashi powder.

Ajinomoto

Ajinomoto and dashi powder are completely different seasonings and are not suitable substitutes.

Dashi powder is instant dashi broth. It contains salt, sugar, and other ingredients.

On the other hand, ajinomoto is monosodium glutamate, MSG. Like salt and sugar, it is a pure substance with a single chemical formula. Some of the “amino acids” listed in the ingredients of dashi powder are monosodium glutamate, or ajinomoto.

Therefore, dashi powder and ajinomoto are completely different. Dashi powder contains only a small amount of ajinomoto. However, they are not suitable substitutes for each other. Here is a summary of the ingredients and uses of Ajinomoto.

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Dashi Powder Recipes

Dashi powder is a convenient seasoning. You can use it for making a variety of famous Japanese dishes.

Dashi Powder and Egg Recipe

Dashi powder goes well with eggs.

Here is a simple recipe for tamagoyaki using dashi powder. You can make it in a microwave oven.

Tamagodon using dashi powder is also delicious. This is an easy to make meat-free, vegetarian recipe.

Soak boiled eggs in dashi powder and soy sauce. Seasoned ramen egg with dashi powder is quck, easy and delicious.

Dashi Powder and Meat Recipe

This is a recipe for oyakodon WITHOUT Mirin and Sake. You don’t even need dashi broth. You can make Oyako-don with dashi powder.

This is a recipe for katsudon WITHOUT Mirin and Sake. You can make katsudon with dashi powder.

Also, you can make Nikujaga without mirin and sake. Nikujaga made with dashi powder.

Dashi Powder and Fish Recipe

Nanban chicken is well-known. You know, fish is also available. You can make Nanban fish with dashi powder, without mirin and sake.

Dashi Powder and Seasoning Recipe

Mentsuyu and shiro dashi are often found in Japanese recipes. All can be made with dashi powder.

Here is a recipe for homemade mentsuyu made with dashi powder. This is an alcohol-free mentsuyu recipe. You can also make vegan mentsuyu if you make it yourself.

Homemade White Dashi recipe made with Dashi Powder.

Dashi Powder Vegan Recipe

Tofu is a classic vegan and vegetarian ingredient. Here are recipes for sesame tofu and edamame tofu made with dashi powder.

After thinking a lot about dashi powder, I realized that dashi powder is an indispensable seasoning. There are also products for vegans. Please use Dashi Powder to your advantage

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