Dashi is also known as Japanese soup stock, but it is much more than that. It is the basis of many Japanese dishes. Of course it can be used as a base for miso soup or noodle broth, but it is also commonly used to stew meat, make sauces, or to cook fish or vegetables. In an article in The Japan Times, Dashi is referred to as the foundation of all savory Japanese cooking.
How Dashi Is Made