There’s 5 of them, and they can be easy to forget about! After all, unless you’re a professional chef, you’re not really thinking about what flavours are called and how to mix them well together. You just know that rice and chicken work wonderfully!
The primary flavours are as follows: Salty, Sweet, Bitter, Sour, and Umami. Our mouths have taste receptors for these flavours, and they make up the base of all foods we consume. But they need balance! Too much sweet? Add salt. Too much Bitter? Add Umami. It helps to enrich our meals, and make them far better, especially if guests are coming over!