Bonito is a kind of tuna, and Katsuobushi is dried, smoked bonito. Katsuobushi is often used as flakes shaved from a piece of dried fish. Katsuobushi is usually sold as flakes or shavings in a package today. Katsuobushi has a smokey savoury taste that is a great accent for many Japanese dishes. Because dried bonito is packed with lot of umami (savoury taste), it is perfect for making Dashi (fish broth) with which is a crucial component for Japanese cooking. Katsuobushi also can be used as is, sprinkling on simple vegetables to give a deeper flavor instantly.
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