umami

Discover the Unique Umami Flavor at Japan’s First Umami Burger Restaurant

I was personally surprised to find out that this burger restaurant had not yet arrived in Japan, but there is now a new store in Aoyama (青山)! An Umami Burger shop opened for the first time in Aoyama on March 24th, 2017. This burger chain is focused on creating burgers that pull out the “umami”…

5 Key Differences Between Wine and Sake

Sake is a traditional fermented rice beverage in Japan that contains alcohol. On the other hand, wine is an internationally well-known alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes or other types of fruit. Fans of alcoholic beverages may be interested to know more differences between the two drinks. 1. Aging Value There are many types of…

How Refined is your Palate? Discovering Japanese Umami

When describing food, westerners rely basically on 4 distinct tastes: bitterness, sweetness, saltiness, and sourness. However, there is another type of description for food – umami. While anyone reading this article can easily name foods that are bitter, sweet, salty or sour, umami is a little harder to pin down. Unlike bitterness, sweetness, saltiness, and…