Kombu kelp is a variety of seaweed. Rich in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, kombu also contains highly concentrated umami (savory taste) components. Long beloved by the people of Japan, this healthful and delicious ingredient is an indispensable part of Japanese cooking. We might say that kombu truly represents the soul of Japanese cuisine. There are a number of ways to cook kombu itself, but this savory seaweed is perhaps best known as the key ingredient to “kombu dashi”, a soup stock that brings out the flavor of other ingredients, almost as if by magic. Kombu dashi is used in a wide variety of Japanese cooking, from miso soup to hot pots and simmered dishes.
The versatile Hidaka Kombu kelp is renowned for producing excellent dashi (Japanese soup stock), and is also delicious eaten on its own. In addition to its classic use for soup stock, we hope our customers will try the delicious flavors produced when cooked in other ways.
Nekombu, harvested from the base of the kombu kelp plant, offers the most flavor and nutrition of any type, and is ideal for making soup stock. We have carefully selected the finest nekombu to provide an excellent balance of its characteristic sweetness and briny fragrance. Its flavor is best enjoyed in dishes which maximize the flavor and fragrance of the dashi stock. Please also try combining nekombu with other stock bases such as chicken, bonito flakes, and vegetables.
We have finely sliced premium Hidaka Mitsuishi Kombu kelp into 0.8 mm strands. The sliced kombu is delicious on its own, or seasoned to taste and arranged in a salad or carpaccio. Also try it as a garnish for sauteed dishes, soups, and the like, accenting your favorite foods with the rich savoriness and toothsome texture of kombu. Please add sliced kombu directly to your dishes, without rehydrating in water.
・Specially Selected Set
500 g of specially selected premium Hidaka Mitsuishi Kombu, cut to standard length and wrapped, packaged together with Nekombu and Extra Fine Sliced Kombu, two favorite Nanakura Kombu products.