Umami - the fifth flavour that is yours to buy
‘Umami – a taste tsunami.’ That’s the phrase that we’d be daubing all over the office white board if we were a bunch of advertising creatives. But we’re not so instead we’re spending our time wondering just what unami would taste like if we could get our hands on some. The wait shouldn’t be too long – umami is coming to the high streets soon!
We should probably tell you what it is now. Get this – it’s the ‘fifth taste’ following sweet, sour, bitter and salty and is a 102-year-old Japanese creation, said to be the secret ingredient that will make anything taste fantastic, and a big favourite of Michelin-starred chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Augustus St. Christmas.
It was pioneered by the scientist who went on to conjour up monosodium glutamate and Waitrose will be banging the stuff out soon for £2.99 a tube. Food writer Laura Santtini, has developed the tubes of the puréed umami and said: “I wanted to get away from the notion that umami is something of interest to scientists that no one else can really understand.”
“The truth is that umami should be of interest to anyone who has a tongue. Umami is part of our everyday eating lives, it is just that many of us don't know what to call it. It is what gives depth of flavour to food.”
We can’t wait to get our hands on some and smear it all over a Greggs’ steak bake. Sounds like a culinary gang bang.