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Tuesday, 9th February 2010
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Japanese ingredient hits UK stores

A Japanese cooking ingredient dubbed "bottled deliciousness" is to be sold in the UK.

Taste No 5 contains umami, called the fifth taste, and was developed by Laura Santtini, a restaurateur.

Umami was first discovered by a Japanese scientist over 100 years ago and the new paste containing the ingredient will soon be sold in tubes in shops in Britain after being used only in high-end restaurants for years.

Tokyo chemist Kikunae Ikeda found that the flavour was present in food including Parmesan cheese and seaweed in 1908.

Chef Heston Blumenthal reportedly uses unami in a number of the dishes served at his Fat Duck establishment in Berkshire.

The taste of the unami is said to be another taste on top of sweet, sour, bitter and salty and shoppers in Waitrose in the UK will soon be able to pick up a tube of the Taste No 5, a pulped anchovy and porcini mushrooms concoction which contains the flavour.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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