Dried bonito is a processed food product made of fermented bonito. Broth made with bonito stock is a basic seasoning that is essential to healthful and delicious Japanese food and is widely used in a variety of dishes such as udon noodles, soba noodles, and miso soup. In addition to dried bonito, Ninben produces and distributes shaved bonito flakes for the easy preparation of dishes and seasonings to sprinkle on rice. Ninben’s roots are at Tokyo’s Nihombashi and so “Ninben Nihonbashi Main Shop” that they opened in October 2012 is located in COREDO Muromachi 1, 1st floor, in Nihombashi Muromachi. The Nihonbashi Dashi Bar, which sells dried bonito shaved right in front of you and promotes the traditional Japanese diet of enjoying rice with soup, is also popular.
Recommended gifts: Packs of quality bonito broth that makes even professional chefs want to have a taste of it. Rice crackers flavored with rich broth are also recommended.
Location: COREDO Muromachi 1, 1F, 2-2-1, Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week. Closed only on New Year’s Day.
Access: 1 min. by walk from Mitsukoshi-mae Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hanzomon Line.
1 min. by walk from Shin-Nihombashi Station on the JR Sobu Line.
Official Site: Ninben (Japanese)