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sweet and umami

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umamifor those of you that may not know, there are 5 tastes.  the newest one that has just been discovered is umami.  the other ones being sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.  umami (if you’re too lazy to click on the link like me) is a taste that pertains to meats, cheeses, and other proteins.  it comes from a japanese word meaning “meaty,” “brothy,” or “savory.”  i think in english, we just call it savory.

i looooove umami tasting foods.  i kinda like sweet tasting foods.  every once in a while, i’ll have a craving for something sweet, but it’s usually not that often (unless it’s cookies).  however, sweet and umami foods i cannot stand.  but enoch, that does even make sense.  how can a food be sweet and savory at the same time?  yeah, that’s what i’d like to know, but for some reason, some foods like that exist and i don’t like them:

– hawaiian pizza (or let’s just say anything with pineapples in a meat or cheese dish although i do love tangsooyuk)

– snacking on cookies or candy and then following that up with chips

– pretty much anything on this menu: tailor

there’s just something about sweet and savory that just doesn’t sit well with me.  i know chef robert irvine on food network agrees with me.  he does the show dinner:impossible.  he expressed his dislike for mixing sweet and savory ingredients.  i’m right there with you chef!

i know some people looooove sweet and savory mixed together.  and to that i say, you guys are sick.  just the thought of meat and sweet together is just… ugh…  gross.  can i get an amen?


Written by enoch

June 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

Posted in social observation

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  1. three words. cheese duk bokki.


    June 9, 2009 at 11:17 am

  2. that’s different because neither of those are sweet. are you saying that that’s gross? or that they shouldn’t be together in the same dish? it’s a different thing for two different cultural foods to meet (cheese and korean food), but it’d be even weirder (and grosser) is it was caramel duk bokki or something. sick…


    June 9, 2009 at 11:41 am

  3. offended. we can’t be friends anymore.


    June 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm

  4. duk boki is more sweet than salty. got get yourself some.


    June 10, 2009 at 10:35 am

  5. i had some yesterday. i always thought it was more savory/spicy than sweet/spicy. cause of the fish cake and the gotchu jang


    June 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

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