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Dashi vs Hondashi: What Are the Differences?

Dashi is the essential material for various types of Japanese cuisine.
But, some of you might be having those questions about dashi.

・Is dashi and hondashi the same?
・What is the difference between dashi and hondashi?

Here, I would like to answer those questions.

What Is Dashi?

Shape:
Liquid

Raw material:
Water and some raw materials containing umami ingredient, for instance, dried bonito shavings, kombu, iriko (small dried sardine), flying fish, and shiitake mushrooms.

Manufacturing method:
It depends on what material you use for making dashi.

Most of the time you need to soak some raw ingredients such as kombu and iriko in water. After that, turn on the heat until just before boiling and then take out the ingredients.

For some types of dashi, you don’t need to boil at all. For example, you can make shiitake mushrooms dashi by just soaking them in water and store it in the refrigerator.

In addition, you will put dried bonito shavings in boiling water and turn off the heat in order to make bonito dashi.

Characteristics:
Dashi made from scratch is hassle sometimes, however, you can directly feel the taste of the material. Moreover, you can feel extremely rich scent of the material. It cannot be reproduced with existing granules.

When using it for cooking, you will need to add some seasonings because it doesn’t contain any other seasonings such as salt and sugar.

Please check below to know all types of dashi in Japan.
8 Common Types of Dashi and Their Uses

By the way, the term “dashi” sometimes mean dashi made with dashi granules. If you put dashi granules in (hot) water, you can easily make dashi soup.

What Is Hondashi?

Shape:
Granules

Raw material:
Salt, sugar, bonito powder, bonito extract, yeast extract, and umami seasoning.

Manufacturing method:
Crush bonito to pieces, and mix them with other ingredients. After that, granulating and drying them.

Characteristics:
Hondashi is the product name that is manufactured and sold by Ajinomoto Co., Inc. This is one of the most used dashi granules in Japan. Just let you know, there are some other companies that are selling dashi granules.

Because hondashi already contains salt, sugar, and umami ingredients, you can taste deep umami taste only by itself. But, still you need to add some seasonings such as soy sauce and miso paste when cooking.

The biggest benefit is that you don’t have to make dashi from scratch taking a long time. Sprinkling the hondashi directly on the dish is absolutely easy cooking.

Please check below to know more about hondashi.
What Is Hondashi and How Is It Used?

Conclusion

Dashi

  1. Dashi is soup stock made from water and various raw materials containing umami ingredient.
  2. Making dashi stock from scratch takes time, but it absolutely gives great umami and fragrance to dishes.
  3. “Dashi” sometimes refers to all types of dashi including dashi granules such as hondashi.

Hondashi

  1. Hondashi is the famous product name of dashi granules.
  2. It contains not only bonito powder, but also other seasonings such as salt and sugar.
  3. Granules are extremely useful when using for cooking.
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