30 Days of Gratitude: #10

#10: What taste are you grateful for today?

Lately, I’ve fallen in love with the taste of Japanese Gyozas. Not the healthy steamed version, but rather the crunchy, fried ones mmmmm!! 

When I was growing up, we were taught in school that there were 4 basic tastes the human tongue could discern: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But it’s a well known fact nowadays that there is a 5th taste – Umami. (And quite possibly a 6th taste too).

What is Umami? Here’s Wikipedia’s take on it:

Umami (/uˈmɑːmi/), or savory taste,[1][2][3] is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It has been described as brothy or meaty.

loanword from the Japanese (うま味?)umami can be translated as “pleasant savory taste”.[4] This neologism was coined in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda from a nominalization of umai (うまい) “delicious”. The compound 旨味 (with mi () “taste”) is used for a more general sense of a food as delicious.

People taste umami through taste receptors specific to glutamate. Glutamate is widely present in savory foods, such as meat broths and fermented products, and commonly added to some foods in the form of monosodium glutamate (MSG).[5] Since umami has its own receptors rather than arising out of a combination of the traditionally recognized taste receptors, scientists now consider umami to be a distinct taste.[6]

And fried Japanese Gyozas, with their chopped prawns and veg fillings, are to me the epitome of Umami. Coupled with a dash of soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce or mayonnaise, and mmmm nom nom! Heaven!

What’s not to love? After testing out a few different brands, I’m so happy and grateful that I’ve found The One at Aldi. International Cuisine Japanese Style Prawn Gyozas. 1 kg. 48-50 pieces per bag, and only around $14.Yes!!

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