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What are some foods that hit all of the basic tastes?

Asked by phaedryx (6113points) July 18th, 2010

By basic tastes, I mean savoriness, saltiness, sweetness, sourness, and bitterness.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste#Basic_tastes

An example food would be ketchup. The common ingredients of ketchup are:

tomatoes – savoriness
vinegar – sourness
corn syrup – sweetness
salt – saltiness
natural flavors – bitterness

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janbb's avatar

Most Thai dishes are by design supposed to hit all the basic tastes. Examples would be Crispy Fish with Tamarind Sauce, Red or green curries, Tom Gat soup, etc.

UScitizen's avatar

Salsa… It can be sweet, sour, sharp, hot, or mild. Or, all of the above.

Chrissi85's avatar

Yeah a good curry hits all those flavours. Also certain Chinese foods, especially if they have a sweet and sour element.

ipso's avatar

Actually, you already gave the preeminent example. I’ve heard that various food taste engineers feel that Ketchup is the world’s most balanced tasting “food”. May be rumor, as I cannot support what I have heard.

My choice?

Ale and chips. (potato chips – preferably BBQ or sea salt)

rooeytoo's avatar

I try to incorporate sweet, sour, salty and hot into everything I cook. It gives it the umphhhhh factor. I use a little raw sugar or palm sugar, a hit of some kind of vinegar usually balsamic or else lime or lemon, salty is usually fish sauce, soy or veggie salt and hot is chilies and sirracha. I even have it on my cereal in the morning. :-)

So to answer your question, any food prepared in rooeytoo’s kitchen.

Jabe73's avatar

Pizza with every topping. Different types of chinese dishes. Homemade Bar-b-que.

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