So you need some dashi for a recipe, and you don’t want to make it yourself. Luckily, you can save a lot of time by purchasing some premade or instant dashi powder from your local grocery store.
However, where does one find dashi in their local grocery store?
Every item has its place
Just like with anything you would purchase at the store, dashi can be found in certain aisles at most grocery stores. Since dashi is of Japanese origin, you will usually find it somewhere in either the international aisle or the Asian aisle. It will depend on what store you shop at, as some grocery stores have a large Asian section while others will have a borderline non-existent one.
If you happen to live nearby one, a great place to get dashi is at an Asian marketplace or any store that specializes in selling Asian products. Unlike your general grocery store, these stores will have a much larger selection of dashi and other similar products to choose from.
If you aren’t certain where the Asian or international section is, you can always ask a store employee and they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Also read: this is dashi, or how to substitute it