Vegan Dashi Stock
Japanese dashi stock normally contains fish flakes which would be out of the question if you are following a vegan diet. If you would like to make vegan dashi follow this simple recipe:
4 cups water
4 x 4 inch piece dried kombu seaweed
2 dried shiitake mushrooms
Place all the ingredients in a glass bowl and cover. Let stand overnight on the counter. Remove the seaweed and mushrooms. Your dashi is ready to use.
Put the water, mushrooms and seaweed in a small pot and bring it to a simmer. Remove the seaweed and continue to simmer with only the mushrooms for 10 more minutes. Remove the mushrooms and your dashi is ready to use.