The five element character of taste is a little twisted. The taste is only reflecting the elements' character but not having the character. To describe in an other way, the character generates the taste. There are more than five tastes in the world. Without doubt, everything we eat is a rich combination of multiple elements. If any of the taste is too strong, it actually shows an imbalance in the food. Good chefs in Chinese cooking always try to balance the five elements character through the combination material, color, smell and taste.                               

Element   

Taste

Water salty
fire bitter
wood sour
metal bitter-sour
earth sweet