So we can rattle off the five senses, right, but maybe not the five tastes. Maybe that’s because a fifth one has been added in the last decade. We always had sour, sweet, salty, and bitter – and now there is umami (oo-MOM-ee).
Umami is a Japanese word because it was a Japanese scientist who first identified umami. Think of the rich, savory flavor in meat, Parmesan cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and soy sauce. That’s umami.
Want to try a little trick? Try these hamburgers from Todd and Diane’s blog. Diane is Vietnamese and grew up with a great source of umami: Vietnamese fish sauce. Like Worcestershire sauce, it adds a kick of flavor to a dish that needs a little something.
Happy cook-out with your umami burgers!