What is umami?

umami Ingredients from around the world

Foods of the world that contain glutamate

Asia
Oceania
Europe
Africa
America

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Although it was only in 1985 that the word umami became recognized internationally, umami itself has been used all over the world for many years. The ingredients which deliver the umami taste vary according to country and region, and are a reflection of climate and food culture. In fact, people have recognized the essence of the taste of umami since ancient times. It might come as a surprise to you that so many different ingredients are used to create umami.

Asia

JapanJapan

KoreaKorea

Miso, Soy sauce (soy bean) Miso, Soy sauce (soy bean)
Soy sauce, Jeogal (soy bean, oyster; Cod roe, crab prawn, etc.) Soy sauce, Jeogal (soy bean, oyster; Cod roe, crab prawn, etc.)

ChinaChina

VietnamVietnam

Douchi, Jiang, Soy Sauce, Yu-lu (soy bean, flour, other types of bean, fish) Douchi, Jiang, Soy Sauce, Yu-lu (soy bean, flour, other types of bean, fish)
Source:Umami Information Center(NPO)
Nuoc Mam (fish) Nuoc Mam (fish)

ThaiThai

MalaysiaMalaysia

Nam Pla (fish) Nam Pla (fish)
Belachan (prawn) Belachan (prawn)

PhilippinesPhilippines

IndonesiaIndonesia

Patis, Bagoong (fish, prawn)
Patis, Bagoong (fish, prawn)
Patis, Bagoong (fish, prawn)
Patis, Bagoong (fish, prawn)
Tempe, Terasi (soy bean, other types of bean, prawn)
Tempe, Terasi (soy bean, other types of bean, prawn)
Tempe, Terasi (soy bean, other types of bean, prawn)

Oceania

AustraliaAustralia

Yeast Extract Paste Yeast Extract Paste

Europe

EuropeEurope

EuropeEurope

Anchovy Paste (anchovy) Anchovy Paste (anchovy)
Beef Extract Paste Beef Extract Paste

EuropeEurope

EuropeEurope

Ham (pork) Ham (pork)
Cheese (milk) Cheese (milk)

Africa

West AfricaWest Africa

Dawadawa, Soumbara (parloa bean) Dawadawa, Soumbara (parloa bean)

America

USAUSA

PeruPeru

Tomato Ketchup (tomato)
Tomato Ketchup (tomato)
Tomato Ketchup (tomato)
Origin of Tomato Origin of Tomato

BrazilBrazil

Tomato Extract (tomato) Tomato Extract (tomato)