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Sensory attributes of dishes containing shrimp paste with different concentrations.


Selamat, Jinap and A.R., Ilya-Nur and S.C., Tanga and P., Hajeb and Abdul Karim, Muhammad Shahrim and M., Khairunnisak (2010) Sensory attributes of dishes containing shrimp paste with different concentrations. Appetite, 55 (2). pp. 238-244. ISSN 0195-6663


The shrimp paste called belacan is a traditional umami taste condiment extensively used in Malaysia that is rich in glutamate and 5'-nucleotides. The aim of this study was to determine the concentration of glutamate and 5'-nucleotides of various types of foods prepared with belacan and to measure their sensory attributes. The concentration of free glutamic acid found in different brands of belacan was 180-530mg/100g and in local dishes 601-4207mg/100g. The total amount of 5'-nucleotides in belacan samples ranged from 0.85 to 42.25μg/g. A Quantitative Descriptive Analysis (QDA) using a list of 17 sensory attributes showed a good correlation between belacan concentration in the final food and a range of positive sensory attributes, except for bitter, sweet, sour taste and astringency. Belacan also contains bitter, sweet and sour compounds that change the positive attributes of belacan at higher concentrations. The highest aroma attributes were linked to nasi goreng belacan (belacan fried rice) while the highest flavour attributes were found in sambal belacan. There was a 32 folds significant increase of umami attributes with the addition of belacan to final foods. The optimum amount of belacan was 0.45% for asam pedas (tamarind flavoured dish with belacan), 18% for sambal belacan (chilli belacan), 1.5-2.5% for kangkong goreng belacan (stir fried water convolous with belacan), and 2% for nasi goreng belacan.

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Item Type: Article
Subject: Shrimp paste.
Subject: Umami (Taste)
Subject: Malaysian cuisine.
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2010.06.007
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Umami taste; Belacan; Malaysian cuisine; Free glutamic acid; 5¡ä-Nucleotides.
Depositing User: Khairil Ridzuan Khahirullah
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 09:52
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2012 09:52
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/16668
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