Flying fish soup stock (dashi) vending machine
What is dashi?
Dashi is a fish stock largely used in Japanese cuisine. It forms the base for miso soup, noodle broth soup and many other. Dashi is usually made by almost boiling kombu (an edible Japanese seaweed) with fish shavings (usually bonito or skipjack tuna). But other ingredients are sometimes used such as shiitake mushrooms. In Kyushu, the big island in the south of the Japanese archipelago, dashi is traditionally made with flying fish.
Dashi vending machines
Flying fish or yakiago is supposed to add an incomparable flavor to the soup. The idea originated in a Dashidouraku restaurant in Hiroshima prefecture. Nitanda Shoyu company that owns the restaurant decided to put vending machines with a grilled yakiago inside in front of the restaurant. It encountered a great success and the company decided to put other vending machines in big Japanese cities until it finally reaches Tokyo.
It makes an unusual and tasty souvenir to bring back for Japan and an accessible high quality dashi for cooking lovers. Here are the 4 locations of the vending machines in Tokyo:
• Mitsui Repark Carpark Shimbashi Ichome No. 3, Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Shimbashi 1-7-
• Mitsui Repark Carpark Meguro Aobadai Nichome No. 3, Tokyo-to, Meguro-ku, Aobadai 2-19-19
• Mitsui Repark Carpark Kojimachi Gochome No.2, Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kojimachi 5-7-2
• Mitsui Repark Carpark Roppongi Keyaki Sakashita, Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-17
But don’t do the same mistake as some tourists and do not drink it directly, you need to cook it!