umami was our Word of the Day on 11/09/2015. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of umami from the Web
Over the years, like many of Mr. Chang’s restaurants, Ssam Bar was increasingly infiltrated by modern techniques, fermentation, cutting-edge plating styles and umami-building tricks.
The meat falls off the bone at first tug, and the sauce is rich and full of umami with a hint of star anise and earthy white pepper.
The tang from stewed tomatoes, sweetness from caramelized peppers and onions, brininess from the green olives, and umami from braised beef.
Ahimi, a vegan product from Ocean Hugger Foods, mimics raw tuna using cooked Roma tomatoes flavored with umami-laden ingredients like soy sauce and sesame oil.
The simmering broth soaks into the breading, turning it juicy, drenching it with umami.
That leaves chefs free to experiment, making dough out of unusual grains or adding seasonal vegetables, hitting already rich dishes with extra umami, or burrowing their heads in cookbooks searching for the holy grail of authenticity.
This cocktail covers all five taste areas: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami, discovered by the Japanese in 1908.
The fries come with a kim-chi ketchup sauce that adds another layer of umami.
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Did You Know?
A Japanese scientist was the first to discover the savory taste of the amino acid glutamic acid, which was found to occur in soup stocks made with seaweed. This fifth basic taste - alongside sweet, sour, salty, and bitter - was named umami, meaning "savoriness" in Japanese. Umami can be experienced in foods such as mushrooms, anchovies, and mature cheeses, as well as in foods enhanced with monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a sodium salt derived from glutamic acid.
Origin and Etymology of umami
First Known Use: 1963See Words from the same year
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