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Bonito Flakes

Bonito Flakes

Katsuobushi is smoked, dried and fermented bonito fish. It is one of the most essential ingredients of Japanese cuisine. It is mostly used to make dashi broth which is the base for many sauces and dishes. Traditionally Katsuobushi is used in blocks and shaved using a wooden grater box. 

Although Katsuobushi blocks have a much more intense flavor most people nowadays use pre-packages Katsuobushi shavings available in any supermarkets. But once you experienced the intense flavor of real Katsuobushi it will be hard to be content with conventional products. 

Raw Bonito fillets are first glutted, sliced and simmered in water for about an hour. Fat, scales and bones are then removed from the soft fillets. The fish slices are then smoked on wood to dry and develop a more complex flavor. They then are sun dried and exposed to fermentation with four repetitions to further reduce moisture. Finished Katsuobushi only has 20% of the volume of the original fish fillet.

The beginnings of katsuobushi date back to a few thousand years before christ but is the only at the end of the 16th century that its production process became the very elaborated process that still is used nowadays.

 

Tenpaku Bonito Flakes

 

Tenpaku is one of the few remaining traditional makers of katsuobushi. The Tenpaku family has a very long history in making katsuobushi but it is only in 1946 that the family established its own business, which now is run by the fourth generation.

The current owner Yukiaki Tenpaku is focusing on quality rather than quantity and a bonito block will only be sold after it went through multiple cycles of drying, smoking and fermentation until the fish's natural fat become umami.

Tenpaku katsuobushi is very popular among chefs of high quality restaurants in Kyoto and all over Japan, who do not wish to compromise on quality.

Katsuobushi Bonito Flake Production

 

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  1. Regular Price:

    $17.25
    This dashi pack is very convenience to quickly make a great soup stock for miso-soup. The different types of bonito flakes have been blended, so that it makes a rich soup stock just right for a good miso-soup. Use 1 pack for 400ml soup stock. PLease only use one pack for 800ml if you want to make a light soup stock (e.g. for Oden). Steep for about 5 minutes. This dashi pack is also popular with Japanese chefs when they do not have the time to prepare a soup stock from scratch. Learn More
  2. Regular Price:

    $15.33
    These Hana Bonito flake shavings are large and of very high quality with very little dust. They are perfect to make a savory dashi stock with lots of Umami. You need 20 grams of flakes boiled at middle temperature for about 1 minute in 800cc of hot water to make a basic dashi stock.

    They also can be used as toppings on vegetable dishes, tofu or okonomiyaki as they will add an intense smoky flavor.

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  3. Regular Price:

    $19.16

    Katsuobushi is smoked, dried and fermented bonito fish. It is one of the most essential ingredients of Japanese cuisine. It is mostly used to make dashi broth which is the base for many sauces and dishes. Traditionally Katsuobushi is used in blocks and shaved using a wooden grater box. Freshly shaved bonito flakes have a much more intense flavor as pre-packed flakes. The bonito flakes can be grated in demand and their thickness can be adjusted to one's personal taste. Using fresh bonito flakes is a must for a true aficionado of Japanese cuisine.

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  4. Regular Price:

    $158.81

    This Katsuobushi Grater Box is the perfect accessory to create fresh and delicious bonito flakes from a whole katsuobushi block. It is made of natural wood and is a beautiful and practical accessory for any Japanese style kitchen. The quality of a katsuobushi grater box mainly depends on the quality of the blades. This grater box comes with an exchangeable handmade blade and a replacement blade. You will be able to cut beautiful flakes that not only taste delicious but also look great as decoration of your dishes.

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  5. Regular Price:

    $4.79

    The name devil katsuobushi is derived from the red color of the flakes that reminds the red face of Japanese devil sculptures. High quality katsuobushi is cut into thick slices that make a very intense dashi that can be used for making noodle soup or sauce.

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    $4.79

    These extra thick bonito flakes also have been seasoned with soy sauce to highlight the their smoky flavor. They make a perfect addition to salad and can be a low fat replacement of bacon. The thick slices also can be served as appetizer with beer or wine.

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  7. Regular Price:

    $14.37

    This product is a very ingenious set composed of a powder dispenser and 50g of Dashi powder. The dispenser is made of wood and varnished to avoid stains. It has two openings: a square one of the top use to fill the dispenser and a smaller round one on the front use to sprinkle a right amount of powder.

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  8. Regular Price:

    $5.75

    It is a hermetic bag containing 50g of Dashi powder, it is perfect as a refill for the Tenpaku Dashi Powder set. With 50g of Dashi powder you wil be able to fill the wooden dispenser of your set about 3 times thus it is very economical as this dashi powder has a strong perfume, only few powder is used at once. Of course you can also use it without the wooden dispenser to perfume all your Japanese dishes !

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