I haven’t started on the kanji yet, I’ve decided to make sure I have my hiragana and katakana in order first. This has come in handy when shopping for ingredients like kombu dashi, as I can actually recognise what I’m looking for!
I stumbled across this when looking for ingredients to make my udon with. It’s a pretty awesome list of places to go for Japanese ingredients. I made it to two different Miracle Supermarkets near my house, which had most things that I was looking for.
I did want to try making dashi from scratch, but I couldn’t find kombu at either shop (Newtown and Marrickville Metro). I settled for some “instant dashi”, which worked really well: