MA-KONBU (TRUE KELP) (真昆布)

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[ALSO FEATURED IN OUR DASHI: "UMAMI" CARE PACKAGE]

KONBU DASHI (真昆布)
Prefecture: Osaka
Producer: Nagaike Konbu
Ingredients: Ma-konbu ('true' natural kelp from Hokkaido)
Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free
Size: 70g
Storage: Learn how to store in our blog post "Dashi: How to Store for Proper Freshness"

90% of Japan’skonbu (thick edible kelp) is harvested in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. Mineral-rich, ice cold water flowing down from Siberia provides a nutrient-dense environment for some of the world’s best konbu to grow. Each specific cultivation area produces a different tasting konbu based on the unique characteristics of the waters. 

Tough and difficult to digest on its own, konbu must be cooked for a long time, which draws out its high amount of glutamic acid, an amino acid responsible forumami.

Nagaike Konbu uses native, not farm raised, ma-konbu (lit. “true kelp”) given its high quality, refined flavor and deep aroma. The resulting dashi is clean and clear and is a great choice for vegetarians and vegans. 

How to prepare:There is no need to remove the white powder from the konbu as it adds to the umami flavor. Cutting a few slits in the konbu also helps to release more flavor. There are two ways of brewing konbu dashi: cold and hot. Mizudashi (cold brew): Place 1-2 konbu strips in a large bottle of water in the refrigerator overnight.Nidashi (hot brew):Place 1-2 konbu strips in a pot of water over medium heat, skimming the surface to maintain a clear dashi. Remove from heat before the water comes to a boil to prevent the dashi from becoming bitter. 

Suggested use:Clear soups,nabe,shabu shabuor odenhot pots,ohitashi(cooked vegetables), sushi rice, takikomi gohan (mixed rice),yudofu (boiled tofu), or seafood/fish dishes.

Recipe:
Curry Udon

DISCLAIMER: We provide ingredients and common allergens based on the packaging as a reference only. Please consume with caution based on your own individual health concerns as we cannot guarantee the presence or lack of certain ingredients, allergens and/or animal products.

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