When I first hear about the term Umami it just seemed fishy. Really the 5th taste? Sounds like a marketing gimick to me. Then people I respect recommended the Umami Burger. Still a skeptic, I went to go eat there and OMG....I don't know if the Umami burger contains Umami or not but it is absolutely the best burger I ever ate so far. It was featured on the Food Network show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate - Hometown Favorites".
"What exactly is umami?
Taking its name from Japanese, umami is a pleasant savoury taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides, including inosinate and guanylate, which occur naturally in many foods including meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. As the taste of umami itself is subtle and blends well with other tastes to expand and round out flavors, most people don’t recognize umami when they encounter it, but it plays an important role making food taste delicious."
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