Kewpie Mayonnaise is also commonly known as "QP", which is literally how it should be read instead. People also called them the Japanese baby brand mayonnaise, all due to its famous baby logo.
Kewpie Mayonnaise has already been around since 1925. Ever since the birth of this product, it has been well-loved and used all over Japan. It does not only go well in sandwiches, it also complements sushi, salad, mentai-ko, french fries and more other food.
Fun fact: Kewpie Mayonnaise is actually one of the standard condiment to have in every Japanese household.
what makes Kewpie Mayonnaise so different and special?
The main ingredients used in Kewpie Mayonnaise are Oil, Egg, and Vinegar.
Now you may be wondering, how did the Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise taste so difference and unique compared to those mayonnaise made/sold in the western countries?
The main reason is that instead of using the whole egg, Kewpie Mayonnaise consist of only egg yolks - which is why the colour of the mayonnaise is more yellowish.
Fun Fact from Kewpie website:
There are 4 egg yolks in every 500 grams of Kewpie Mayonnaise!
Thus, protein of the egg yolks produces amino acids, which is the key to Kewpie Mayonnaise's tasty and savory flavour.
In addition to that, instead of using the usual distilled vinegar, RICE Vinegar is used in their recipe. The vinegar not only creates an enhance unique taste to the Kewpie Mayonnaise, it also acts as a naturally preservative for the product. Kewpie Mayonnaise is known to have no preservatives added; instead, vinegar and salt are used - which is also the reason why the shelf life is short.
Another fun fact:
Despite having salt as the preservative, each table spoon of Kewpie Mayonnaise consist of only 0.3 grams of sodium cloride!
Different Types of Kewpie Mayonnaise
If you're wondering about why there are so many different types of Kewpie Mayonnaise that can be found online these days, here is a compiled list of the difference. There are Kewpie factories across the globe,, with different packaging for different countries.
You may ask, is there a difference in ingredients used and do they taste differently?
The answer is yes! Every country have their unique Kewpie Mayonnaise recipe, catering to their countries' tastebud and requirements.
For instance, the Malaysia's Kewpie Mayonnaise are actually halal-certified, which makes it friendly for the majority of the consumers in their country.
Since certain ingredients have been replaced and refined, there may be a slight difference in the taste of course. However, the general sweetness and savoury taste of Kewpie Mayonnaise still remains.
Difference between Kewpie Mayonnaise 500GM vs 1KG
Since we have known generally the information of Kewpie 500GM, let's learn about the standard Kewpie Mayonnaise 1KG (commercial use).
Instead of using egg yolks only, Kewpie Mayonnaise 1KG is made from whole eggs. Which is more towards the western style. It is slightly creamier and thicker in texture, and also whiter in color. Though it has a milder taste with lesser acidity and saltiness, without losing it's unique legendary Kewpie Mayonnaise taste.
Since Kewpie Mayonnaise 1KG is resistance to heat, it is widely used for cooking and baking as a sauce.
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You may leave a comment below and let me know what other difference you have noticed and know!