Why Does Asian Food Taste So Different From Western Food?

Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo:

According to the study [on nature.com], Western cuisines have a tendency to pair ingredients that share many of the same flavor compounds. East Asian cuisines, however, do precisely the contrary, avoiding ingredients that share the same flavor compounds. The more flavors two ingredients share, the less likely they would be paired together in Asian kitchens.

That and the inordinate amount of Ajinomoto.

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