I want delicious food
Japan is heavenIt’s very important for me to enjoy good food. In Japan I found it very easy, because I really do love the food culture we have. I could buy all the familiar cooking ingredients, also there is a vast variety of ready made delicious foods and loads of good and cheap restaurants around.
so many countries, so many customsI like Finland, but sometimes I feel a little troubled about food. A trip to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious dish can be surprisingly expensive, and also the tastes aren’t so familiar to me.
So I, and no doubt many Japanese abroad, always desire those familiar delicious foods.
But what is delicious?
many elements of deliciousnessDeliciousness has many elements, both from the actual food and the circumstances the food consumed. You can eat alone or in the company of your friends and enjoy a steak that has got cold or feel you need a sizzling fresh one from the barbeque to enjoy at all. Deliciousness comes from elements like structure, seasoning, quality of the ingredients and so on. So now, let’s think only about the taste.
analyze DELICIOUS foods
chocolateMany people like chocolate.
The first taste we feel is sweetness, and then comes bitterness. It can be shown with a graph like this. The depth of the color indicates the strength of the taste.
miso soupThis is quite popular in Japan, you probably recognize it.
We use miso paste for miso soup. The taste of miso paste is salty and umami. We also add umami rich dashi to make miso soup.
salmon soupSalmon soup is a very traditional dish in Finland. You can find it in restaurants, of course, and in supermarkets, there are many products, like chilled and frozen.
Tasty and creamy soup with salmon, its saltiness is balanced nicely when we feel the sweetness from potato and carrot.
strawberryFinland is famous for its natural resource of berries. It’s easy to get fresh berries almost anywhere during the summer. Berries have a good combination of sweetness and sourness.
Delicious taste is…
mixture of tastesThe foods most people consider delicious have two or three different tastes. We often use a combination of sweet-salty or sweet-sour. In theory you would think they are delicious.
100% delicious food?Even though the food served is delicious in theory, it depends on your subjective preference whether you feel it is delicious or not. The feeling is constructed by your experiences with different tastes and the culture you come from. For example, almost all Japanese like miso soup, but when I served it to Finnish people maybe only half of them liked it. Those that found miso soup delicious were already familiar with fermented foods or liked asian foods in general.
enjoy foodIn Conclusion, it is important to be interested in different foods and try to feel the tastes. Focusing on the eating experience and analyzing the tastes helps you improve your “deliciousness sensor”. Like all muscles, we need to practice it to get more benefit out of it.
DELICIOUS? in Finland
world famous DELICIOUS?Maybe you recognize this one, it’s a famous Finnish candy.
It has a unique taste and many, I dare to say most, foreigners have great difficulties to enjoy it.
Salmiakki is a mixture of licorice and a white powder called ammonium chloride, NH4Cl. When we analyze the taste of salmiakki, sweetness comes from licorice and saltiness and bitter come from NH4Cl.
In theory and according to the logic of taste, salmiakki is delicious.