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Recent Examples of umami from the Web
The fries come with a kim-chi ketchup sauce that adds another layer of umami.
Mushrooms—which aren't a veggie or a fruit, but a type of fungus—have a uniquely savory flavor known as umami, and a dense, meaty texture when cooked.
This cocktail covers all five taste areas: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami, discovered by the Japanese in 1908.
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.
The simmering broth soaks into the breading, turning it juicy, drenching it with umami.
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The fresh herbs kept the dish light and bright, and the sesame soy vinaigrette gave an element of umami.
The thin squares of firm tofu were browned and crisped before being braised in a spicy sauce with assertive chili flavor and lots 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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