The Fifth Taste That Few Know About

By Justin Chan | April 24, 2012

Photo: Sifu Renka

Photo: Sifu Renka

Contrary to popular belief, we have five, not four, basic tastes. Many of you are probably aware of the first four: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Most do not know what the fifth taste is, and who can blame them? For awhile, scientists debated over whether this taste, known as “umami,” was credible. Some had trouble describing it, while others simply defined it as the taste of glutamates and nucleotides. It has definitely proven to be the “je ne sais quoi” of the senses.

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Weekly Dish Recommendation: Umami

By mahir | January 20, 2011

When slush and sleet pile the streets, I like to eat rich, spicy foods that fight off the cold. In particular, I turn to stomach-filling dishes packed with umami.  Umami is the japanese term for the fifth flavor of “savory.”  Soy is one of the most common sources of umami.  I particularly enjoy Kuma Inn’s sauteed tofu, Thai basil and wood ears in spicy soy mirin. Read More


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