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Great site, and great discussion!

My greatest contact with the word savory has been since I moved to Japan and became acquanted with Australians and New Zealanders. They seem to use it to mean something that is not sweet. I think it really is closer to the fifth taste, umami.

Recently, I heard that MSG was invented by the Japanese in their quest to define the taste of umami, which wasn't adequately accounted for in the other four tastes. Particularly, it was the flavor of "dashi," or bonito flavoring, that they wanted to define.

Although I don't use the word savory often, when I think of a savory steak, I conjure up a taste similar to the flavor of dashi. So perhaps umami is, indeed, what savory is describing.

If anyone can support or debunk this, please, let's hear it!

awazaredo May 12, 2006, 3:21am

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