Oct 1, 2013

A Harmony of Flavours

Japanese cuisine is grounded in five distinct flavours – sugar, salt, vinegar, soy sauce and miso – and the Japanese believe the order in which these seasonings are added to the dish can enhance the taste. To remember these five ingredients and their correct order, just remember this catchy saying, “Sa Shi Su Se So.”


It’s been said that if you want to understand a country’s culture, the best way to do it is through their food. The Japanese believe that food should be enjoyed as close as possible to its natural state, and no one flavour should overpower another. This philosophy translates to a sparing use of seasonings, measured portion sizes and a delicate balance of raw, fried, boiled and pickled textures in each meal. All these speak volumes of the Japanese’ love for harmony and dedication to their craft.