Umami is the scientifically proven fifth taste. It’s the flavor that makes you say mmmm…
I wrote about Umami before but at that time it was not available yet in the US. Now, I finally bought one at Dean & Deluca in Manhattan.
I made the salmon packets but this time added taste #5.
I seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, crushed garlic, grated ginger, lemon peel, and Umami paste.
I wrapped the salmon filets with filo dough and sealed them with olive oil.
I baked them, brushing olive oil on top until they got golden brown. I accompanied the salmon packets with a tomato chutney and served it with asparagus, french lentils, and couscous.
Umami paste does enhance the flavor slightly, just as Worcestershire sauce would. Next time I will add more Umami to the salmon packets to really taste the difference and I will continue to experiment with the taste #5. Have you tried it yet?