Confounding, delicious. If you've got a bottle of Japanese mayo staring at you from the back of a cupboard or shelf, here's how to use it.
Which mayo is for me?Japanese mayonnaise tends to have a richer, but lighter flavour than the standard English type, kind of like crossing salad cream and mayonnaise. However this doesn't really do justice to this addictive seasoning! There are a few different brands of Japanese mayonnaise, but the most popular is undoubtedly QP. Named after Kewpie dolls (really!) , even leading NY chef David Chang has called it "the best mayonnaise in the world"! There are a few different kinds:
- Original Kewpie - Made using egg yolk only, apple and malt vinegar, and spices. There are a couple of different sizes, some people like to pop the smaller ones in a bag to take with them when they're out and about, so they always have Kewpie!
- Spicy Karashi Kewpie - Classic Kewpie mayonnaise with a hint of spicy karashi Japanese mustard. Fantastic when your dish needs a bit of pep.
- Light Kewpie - Great taste with just 50kcal per 15g! A good choice when you want tangy mayo but have a meal that's already calorie heavy.
- Zero Cholesterol Kewpie - Low kcal like light Kewpie, but with no cholesterol. Great for dieting when you want some flavour, but don't want to add extra calories.