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#1 Old 09-21-2013, 01:58 PM
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I was watching a cooking show on TV (I think it might have been America's Test Kitchen).
There was a segment on how to make vegetarian dishes that "taste meaty." The host mentioned two ways to do this. The first was to use/add glutamates, like soy sauce. I did not catch name of the second method, except he mentioned that one of the foods in this category was porcini mushrooms.

Does anyone know what chemical gives porcini mushrooms their "meaty" taste? Or what other foods might fit in this category?
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#2 Old 09-23-2013, 08:04 AM
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I did some digging and found this article - it says that mushrooms contain glutamate as well. Perhaps that's what you missed - the first way is to add glutamate and the second is to find food that has naturally occurring glutamate.

 

Personally, there are a couple of things that remind me of meat:

- char/burned/smoke flavour (even adding liquid smoke to tofu makes it quite meaty tasting to me)

- musty/earthy flavour (I'm not sure where this comes from but it's almost like eating dirt)

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...now I'm hungry for porcine mushrooms..

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I'm not sure about the exact chemical that gives mushrooms their meaty flavour but I do know that flavour is called umami and there are a number of ways you can add that flavour to veg*n dishes.

Here are a couple articles you might find interesting:

http://www.theveganrd.com/2012/04/is-umami-a-secret-ingredient-of-vegan-activism.html

http://ecosalon.com/12-umami-boosting-secrets-to-making-vegan-and-vegetarian-fare-tasty/

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These are both great articles. Thank you, WG!

I've attended a number of vegetarian cooking classes, and just never heard umami discussed at all.
This is all new to me!
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These are both great articles. Thank you, WG!

I've attended a number of vegetarian cooking classes, and just never heard umami discussed at all.
This is all new to me!

No problem! The info is fairly new to me, I first heard about umami maybe about a year ago? Whenever that first article was posted anyway.

I always knew I loved mushrooms and soy sauce in my stir fry and it's interesting to see there's a reason for that and also that there are a bunch of other delicious foods/condiments you can use for that umami flavour. It IS like a secret weapon for veg*n cooking! grin.gif

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