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Recipe for :

Dashi (Basic Soup Stock)
 

This is one of the recipes from Mrs Susie. If you want to find out more about her have a look at her biography page which she has written. Mrs Susie specialises in Oriental cooking. An important first step in Oriental cooking (which I think is important) is at the end of each recipe.

"It is impossible to give recipes for Japanese cooking without including the recipe for Dashi. It is one on the basic ingredients for Japanese cooking".

Send any questions you have to Mrs Susie - click here.

Ingredients

1/2 c Katsubushi (shavings of dried bonito)
3 square inches Konbu (seaweed)
1/4 ts Gourmet Powder (MSG)
5 c Water

Method

  • Bring water to boil.
  • Add konbu and shaved Katsubushi.
  • Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Strain.
  • Refrigerate any soup not used right away, covered.

Serves 4

Enjoy!
Mrs Susie

"I have studied oriental cooking quite a bit and the one thing that makes it different from other styles of cooking is: it is 90% preparation and 10% cooking. It is very important to have everything in the recipe already prepared for cooking before you start cooking.

I take a plate and cut up my ingredients as called for in the recipe and place them on different parts of the plate. Only then do I think about cooking. I will put my oil in the pan and, as the things are called for in the recipe, I will sweep them into whatever pan I am cooking with, cook for as long as called for, then add the next ingredient.

Oriental cooking happens so fast. To stop and cut up the garlic (for example) if I had the ginger cooking in the pan would result in burnt ginger before the garlic is finished.

When I am cooking a ten or fifteen course dinner you should see my kitchen. I have plates all over and all my sauces mixed in bowls and everything is ready to cook before I start cooking. This is the right way to do it and necessary to have a well-timed dinner.

Another thing, get yourself a good cleaver that will not rust. You will be surprised how much you will use this for all your cooking, not just oriental cooking. Do yourself a favor and get a good one. I think I paid $20 for mine but again that was 20 years ago".

 
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