Shiitake Broth

The essence of great Ramen is a great broth.

By & / Photography By Justin Fox Burks | April 19, 2017


Into a large stock pot over high heat, add the sesame oil and allow it to heat until it just starts to smoke. Add the green onions, daikon, garlic, ginger, and star anise. Allow the ingredients to lightly blacken, stirring occasionally; this should take about three minutes; this process of lightly burning the aromatics adds a ton of flavor to the broth.

Add the water to the pot. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits from the bottom. Add the carrots, kombu, dried mushrooms, soy sauce, and vinegar to the pot and bring to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes.

Using a spider tool or small strainer, fish out the daikon and mushrooms. Set aside to cool. Using the spider or strainer, remove and discard all other solids from the broth. Crank the heat back up to high and continue to cook the broth until it has reduced by about 20 percent. Makes 4 quarts.


  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 bunch green onion, trimmed, green tops reserved for garnish
  • 1 - 5 inch piece daikon radish, peeled
  • 8 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 5 whole star anise
  • 4 1/2 quarts water
  • 3 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 - 6 inch piece kombu, rinsed
  • 2 cups whole dried shiitake mushrooms, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Amino (plus more for drizzling)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
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