The dashi specialist ODASHI KOUBOU has over 80 years of experience providing dashi, a basic ingredient of Japanese cuisine. Its operator, NUMATA, is also a Muslim-friendly company supporting accommodation facilities to comply with Halal standards.
On 4 December, they redesigned their logo to commemorate reaching 80 dashi (Japanese soup stock) varieties, carefully selected across Japan.
In Japanese cuisine, dashi usually uses bonito or kelp. Surrounded by rich nature, Japan has many different types of dashi using a wide variety of local ingredients.
ODASHI KOUBOU collects rare dashi disappearing from the public eye throughout Japan to preserve the dashi culture for future generations. They currently have 80 different types of additive-free dashi available for purchase in their online shop and in-store.
Dashi (Japanese soup stock) is stock made by boiling or soaking ingredients in water to extract their umami. And most include ingredients such as bonito, kelp or mushroom. It helps enhance the umami flavour of the food.
Umami is one of the basic tastes like sweet, sour, salty and bitter. It is a type of taste that comes from components such as amino acids or nucleic acids, playing an active role in the deliciousness of food.
The Japanese scientist Dr Kikunae Ikeda was the first to discover umami components, a well-known deliciousness by experience. The term UMAMI became internationally used after the first international umami symposium in 1985.
Dashi rich in umami brings out the best in food, making it an essential part of Japanese cuisine. And each dish needs different dashi.
At ODASHI KOUBOU branches, “Odashi concierges”, who pass the strict in-house examinations, provide support on how to make and choose dashi.
They don’t have halal-certified products so far. But since the shop operator does provide halal support to accommodations/restaurants, who knows, someday there could be halal-certified ones.
If you’re interested in buying them, make sure you check the ingredients beforehand.
4041-2 Nishiasahigaoka, Mishima, Shizuoka
Business hours: 9:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)
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