What are the two main ingredients in Japanese cuisine?

The two main ingredients in Japanese cuisine are kombu and bonito flakes.

Kombu is a Japanese type of seaweed that is grown on the ocean bottom. It is a tall seaweed with thick and broad leaves. In Japanese cuisine, seaweed is dried and used in many different dishes. Kombu is part of the foundation of Japanese cuisine. It is not dried seaweed that is eaten in the same way as sushi seaweed. It is not suitable for that.

Bonito flakes come from a fish called Bonito. It is a fish that is related to tuna. The fish is cleaned, filleted and smoked. The fish fillets are then dried at certain temperatures for several months. Eventually, it is cut into ultra-thin strips. Like kombu, it is the foundation of Japanese cuisine.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.

Which fish does Japanese sushi chefs use to make a fish stock?

Fish make up the whole foundation of Japanese cuisine.
A classic fish stock is used in many different way with the Japanese cuisine. It is used for soups, dressings, marinating, sauces or cooking of raw materials.
The most favorite Japanese fish used for the popular fish stock Bonito. The fish is available in many different qualities and it is the one who gives the unique flavor and aroma that characterizes Japanese cuisine.

The fish bonito is one of the most important raw material to a Japanese chef. It is found on the shelf in most restaurants in Japan.

At Japanese noodle soup for beginners course the attendents will learn how to make the fish stock as it is made in Japan.

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Zoë has lectured and held sushi courses for A. P. Moller – Maersk, Hugo Boss Nordic, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Velux, Gorrissen Federspiel, Beierholm revision, Elbek & Vejrup and many more.