Bonita flakes, also called Katsuobushi flakes are a Japanese specialty made from the flesh of dried and fermented Skipjack Tuna. They capture the flavor of ‘unami’ and can be used in countless Japanese dishes.
Bonita Flakes, also called Katsuobushi flakes are a Japanese specialty, made from the flesh of dried and fermented skipjack tuna fish. As the concept of ‘unami’, the fifth flavor is sweeping the culinary world; these little flakes are the perfect embodiment of that phenomenon. They are savory without being too salty and their interesting mouth feel creates a full palate experience.
Bonita Flakes are widely used in Japanese cooking and can be found used in many different ways. Bonita flakes can serve as the flavoring component for soups, broths and sauces; some processed sauces choose to strain the flakes out after they have imparted their flavor, but more rustic preparations leave them in. Bonita flakes are very popular with rice, and can accompany nori as a topping or they can be used as a filling for delicious rice balls. When Bonita Flakes are used to top steaming hot dishes of noodles or protein, the steam gives the flakes the appearance of movement, earning them the nick name, ‘dancing fish flakes’.
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