Small Pleasures: Shopping For Dashi


Author of the post "women in remote Australia – stories in the Broome Museum" shared by The Black Lion Journal
by Lynn Buckler Walsh

On an expedition to Sunnybank’s fabulous range of Asian restaurants and food stores last week, the Japanese stock ingredient called dashi was on top of the shopping list (thanks to the generosity of a Japanese friend of my sister who shared her recipe).

A picture of Ku-o Japanese restaurant banner. Posted on The Black Lion Journal

A Japanese chef cooking food. Posted on The Black Lion Journal

Before hitting the grocery store we headed for lunch at Ku-o Japanese restaurant. For around $10 each we each tucked into a Don –- a full meal in a bowl with accompanying mini-odon, salad, pickles and iced barley tea.

This is Kagaare Don (fried chicken). (Header image.)

Then it was straight into Yuen’s Market to enjoy the shelves stocked with so many unfamiliar items that implore you to buy them and head home to find out what and how you might use them.

We stocked up on mirin, soy sauce, potato starch and momen tofu. The dashi was a little harder to find. Directions to Aisle 5 narrowed the search. Just add 2 cups of water to each sachet and you’re away.

Before heading home, I stocked up on some fruit and vegetables and was also happy to find goat meat in the butchers which made an amazing slow cooked curry on a Saturday night.

Saturday lunch – behold the Agedashi Tofu. Recipes vary slightly but the basics are the same and there are many available on the net. Simple and quick to make – it’s a great winter warmer. Here’s one from Charmaine Solomon on the SBS food website.

A picture of Japanese food , beef broth, green onions, Agedashi Tofu. Posted on The Black Lion Journal

 
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