Flavor and Umami
Harmonious Combination of the Five Basic Flavors
In Japan, soy sauce has been cherished for centuries as an indispensable part of Japanese cuisine.
Why is Kikkoman Soy Sauce the seasoning of choice around the world today?
Because of its taste.
Kikkoman is the harmonious combination of the five basic flavors of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami, and this subtle balance is what gives Kikkoman Soy Sauce its delicious taste.
Umami: The Fifth Flavor
Soy sauce is particularly rich in naturally produced umami components that are generated during the brewing process. These umami components are composed of about 20 different amino acids produced as the koji mold dissolves the proteins contained in the soybeans and wheat.