Grocery Guide: Japanese Mayo

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I loathed mayonnaise for an entire childhood, but was mistaken. Miracle Whip was the vile family culprit. No great loss, as there's not a lot of kid food that requires mayonnaise anyway.

As an adult, I was still wary of any jar of white stuff with Kraft on the label, so I chose Hellman's. It would've been a lifetime loyalty, but I married a girl who'd lived in Tokyo for a year, and she turned me on to Kewpie, the Japanese favorite in a soft, lascivious-feeling plastic squeeze bottle.

What makes it so special? Kewpie is made with egg yolks and rice vinegar, rather than whole eggs and distilled vinegar, so it has a richer, tangier taste. It also has that umami thing from a small dose of monosodium glutamate.

We use it for a dip for vegetables, like broccoli, and for French fries, chicken nuggets, and sautéed asparagus. A squirt added to vinegar and oil makes an instant salad dressing. The Kewpie bottle has a star-shaped opening at the top, so the mayo squeezes out with a decorative flair.

Our favorite use is for tuna salad, and remarkably simple and tasty egg salad.

Egg Salad
Cover two eggs with cold water in a pan, and bring to a boil, covered. Turn the heat to low, and cook eggs 13 minutes. Remove eggs and put them into cold tap water to cool.

After you peel the eggs, smash them coarsely with a fork. The eggs yolks should be bright yellow with none of that hideous green coating. Add 1½ to 2 tablespoons of Kewpie, salt, and pepper. Mix. That's all.

Kewpie mayonnaise is available at Nippon Daido, Dun Huang, and Central Market.



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mollusk
mollusk

McCormick Mayonesa (with lime) is pretty dang tasty, too (available at Fiesta).

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Luv it!  Japanese mayo rocks. But Spanish mayo is the bomb, too. And I don't know where to get it here. So call me a mayonnaise freak, but I hand carry a couple of bottles of mayonnaise back from Spain every time I go. 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

This is going on my must-try list. Can't wait to get some free time again to go grocery shopping...

AliGato
AliGato

also available at 99 Ranch Market and H Mart.

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