After a long time of wondering, now I know what “umami” is! I got so curious of “umami” because of a TV ad that keeps on saying “ang sarap ng umami.”

According to, it is the fifth basic sense of taste. We are all familiar with the four basic sense of taste; sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Then there’s “umami.”

It came from a Japanese term, umami is a pleasantly savoury taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides, including inosinate and guanylate, which occur naturally in many foods including meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. The taste of umami is subtle and many don’t recognize it but it plays a major role in tasting and eating.

Now I know what umami is!

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