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How to celebrate Christmas with umami-packed menus

Christmas is a feast for all the senses – especially the taste buds, which are treated to all kinds of delicious festive offerings. The four original taste sensations we know are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But there’s also a fifth: umami – which means ‘savoury sensation’. It was discovered in 1908 and has been inspiring chefs around the world ever since. In fact, umami is a fantastic gift to the culinary world because it elegantly enhances the flavour of all kinds of dishes – from soups and salads to meat, fish and vegetables. Read on to discover how you can add the umami factor to your Christmas menu.

A splash of soy sauce subtly enhances the flavour of fine soups

Always finish off your broth or soup with a splash of Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce. It reduces the amount of salt you need and improves the taste of your Christmas starter. Check out the Kikkoman recipe section for delicious soups to eat at Christmas!

Delicious soy sauce-based salad dressings

Try something different by substituting a classic salad dressing with a soy sauce-based one! You can add an exotic touch to your salad creations by adding Kikkoman Ponzu Lemon, Kikkoman Ponzu Orange or Kikkoman Ponzu Chilli to your dressing. Their amazing flavours and the umami effect make the finished result extra tangy. We’ve put together a few festive salad and salad dressing recipes for Christmas. Check them out:

Christmas mains – festively seasoned with soy sauce

If you thought soy sauce can only be used as a seasoning for Asian specialities you're wrong because Kikkoman’s soy sauces are versatile flavour enhancers for all kinds of foods that add the unique savouriness of umami. Baste your Christmas roast with Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce and a little honey, or with Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Sweet Soy Sauce. It adds an appetising glaze to the meat and really brings out the flavour. Gravies and sauces also benefit from a splash of Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce! Whether you go for meat, fish or vegetables this Christmas, Kikkoman‘s soy sauces can transform your meal into a bone-fide Christmas feast! If you haven’t decided what to cook this Christmas yet, browse through these recipes:

Sweet dessert surprises for delicious moments

Desserts are the decadent conclusion to a scrumptious dinner. And soy sauce is a fabulous dessert ingredient because it adds the fifth taste, umami, for even more delectable flavour. Soy sauce and chocolate are two flavours that harmonise perfectly. Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce or the slightly sweeter version Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Sweet Soy Sauce are ideal as ingredients in lots of different desserts. Take a look here: