What is umami?

17 02 2010

So for the first official post I would like to direct your attention to the “description” of this blog above:

“An intermediate guide to hypnotism, umami and of course, moonshine”

…Though I guess you could have just read it there. In any event you may now be wondering what “umami” is. Unless you’ve been to Umami Burger. If you have then SH. If you haven’t here’s the Dictionary.com definition:

u•ma•mi (ōō-mä’mē)
n. A taste that is characteristic of monosodium glutamate and is associated with meats and other high-protein foods. It is sometimes considered to be a fifth basic taste along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.

Or as Win says in Moonshine Inc:

Umami gives a full sense of mouthfeel. You find it in meat and tomatoes and parmesan. It only got discovered in the Twenties, but it’s a totally legit sense. It’s like the ESP of taste.

And there you go. It’s a pretty serious thing. Aside from the badass burger chain (review coming later when I finally listen to my boyfriend and go). There is an entire site dedicated to all things umami

Even a festival.