Definition of umami
: a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (such as glutamate and aspartate)
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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.
It's all topped with dried kombu chips adding up to a surf-and-turf umami bomb.
That caramelized browning, called the Maillard reaction, adds umami.
The taste of umami is best described as a sort of meaty savoriness like that found in Parmigiano Reggiano.
The lemony notes preserve the vibrant green of buttery avocado while salty Parmigiano-Reggiano and briney capers bring notes of umami to the dish.
These burgers are all about umami—the savory, meaty taste found in foods like mushrooms and soy.
This creates an umami of flavors between the creamy avocado, the sweet and spicy from agave and chipotle, the freshness of the mango and tartness of the queso fresco.
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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
Japanese, savoriness, flavor
First Known Use: 1963See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of umami
: a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (as aspartate, inosinate, and glutamate)
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