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Five principles of Japanese cooking

Niceties mentioned the "five principles of Japanese cooking" in her guest post last month. Apparently they should all be part of traditional cooking. They go something like:

Five colours - white, red, yellow, green, black/other dark colours
Five tastes - salty, sour, sweet, bitter, umami/spicy (which is right?)
Five cooking methods - simmering, grilling, steaming, frying, aemono (cooked salads)
Five senses - taste, smell, sight, sound, touch continue reading...