I knew 120 million people were not waking up every morning and making dashi fresh with kombu and fish flakes. It's not like it's super hard to make - though it is hard to make well. Even so, I knew there had to be an instant powder that comes in a jar somewhere.
This "Amazon Associates" thing I'm doing now has definitely increased traffic to their site. I'm going there daily now.
If you've been reading this blog for a while you will know I'm interested in Japanese cooking. All of the cookbooks I have contain a recipe for tamago, the Japanese rolled omelette often sliced and made into sushi. While I enjoy eating tamago it's the skill I'm after - I want to learn how to make it well! So I searched Amazon (because you can find anything on Amazon and read the reviews before you buy) and I bought this pan:
I haven't used it yet but it's very well made and has a non-stick coating. It's also tiny and cute as hell. Kawaii!!! A recipe for tamago came with it in the box. The number two ingredient was "Hondashi (Japanese instant soup base)"!
There it was! I knew it! Instant dashi! Thank you again, Amazon! Well, thank you, House of Rice who included the recipe with the pan. But I wouldn't have known about The House of Rice without Amazon.
So back to Amazon I went and ordered some:
I think this discovery will open up a whole, new world of Japanese culinary success for me.