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Jan 14, 2009 02:41 AM

Umami in Western Canada (outside Vancouver)?

Hi, there. I'm a first-time poster. I'm a freelance writer doing a magazine piece on umami. I need to talk to different Western Canadian chefs who highlight this so-called fifth flavour. Vancouver is easy, with all the restaurants using kasu in their marinades and ice cream, but I was wondering if you knew about any restaurant or people outside Vancouver but in Western Canada who are cooking with kasu or interested in umami. Thanks, Kevin

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  1. kasu in ice cream sounds worse than disgusting. Like gorgonzola gelato.

    I'd suggest you contact some of those ubiquitous kasu-using chefs in Vancouver and ask them what they know about the rest of the country. Ya never know.

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    1. re: John Manzo

      LOL...thank you John...a few years back and I do not recollect if it was "truffle dinner" but it was something special the chef served "gorgonzola gelato" was outstanding! However, a prominent businessman of Italian exraction apparently just shook his head at the prospect and would not try it.

      1. re: Bob Mac

        I have yet to meet one of these bizarre Ice Cream flavours that I like. I have tried Wasabi Ice Cream/Gelato at La Casa Gelato in Vancouver, and the GArlic Ice Cream at thats Aroma in Edmonton. Both were as bad as you would expect.

        There is a reason why Wasabi and Garlic are no popular flavours for frozen treats.

      2. Not Western Canada, but Kasu and Sake marinated things are big in Seattle.