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How Can You Add Umami to Your Cooking?

By September 29, 2022October 9th, 2023Featured, In the News
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When it comes to flavor, there’s sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. You can probably name foods that fall into each of those categories. But what about umami?

Here’s what has to say about umami:
“It’s that sometimes forgotten-about fifth element of taste that can be hard to describe. We reached out to chefs who create umami-rich dishes every day to figure out what umami is, what ingredients have it, and how you can use it in your kitchen.”

“Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda, who discovered umami, also created monosodium glutamate, or MSG,” Hong Thaimee [chef and restaurant owner] said. “After discovering that glutamate was responsible for the umami taste of some of his favorite foods, Ikeda made monosodium glutamate into a seasoning. That way, he could add umami flavor into every dish he made.”

“For a simpler approach, keep umami-rich ingredients in your pantry. ‘Open your mind to using cross-culture flavors,’ Thaimee said. ‘I find when I use a dash of fish sauce in my Italian-based tomato soup, it helps to bring up and pull together the flavor, and you would never guess there was fish sauce in an Italian soup.’ You can also go with the OG umami bomb: MSG.”

Read the full article on Delish here, which includes some amazing umami-rich recipes.

The MSGdish Team's goal is to provide timely and important information about glutamate, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the many culinary creations inspired by “umami" while connecting these topics to facts about food, taste, and health. The MSGdish Team is comprised of TGA staff professionals who are recognized as experts in science-based nutrition communications. Read more on the About page.

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