Friday, October 18, 2013

5th Taste Bud: Umami

Let's take a look at our basic tastes: salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and lastly umami. For those that are not familiar with umami, its considered and now a more widely accepted part of our basic taste. Umami is similar to savoriness. 

I got really excited when a restaurant named Umami Burger was located near by and just had to go try it. My order was the original Umami burger and a side of smushed potato. 

The burger I ordered has shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, and umami ketchup. It was delicious but I wouldn't recall the burger as umami. I did get a chance to try a portion of my friend's truffle burger and it was yummy. I prefer hers over mines.  

The smushed potato was ordered due to my curiosity. It was umami in my opinion, although I am a big fan of any potato dish. It had a layer of crisp and soft fluffy potato in the inside. The dipping cream sauce was the garlic aioli. My initial taste response to the combination was, "oh, this is weird...". After a few more tries, it became a pleasant taste and I enjoyed every bite of it, despite that a little more salt wouldn't have hurt.
Umami Burger, here I am
Even the napkin has a burger stamp
Smushed Potatoes with Garlic Aioli Sauce
"U" for Umami
A slider kinda portion
Look at that medium-rare meat

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