This article provides an overview of kewpie mayonnaise, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make kewpie mayonnaise substitutes.
What is Kewpie Mayonnaise?
Originating in Japan in 1925, this mayonnaise is highly popular and different from the standard mayonnaise you will find in the US. The biggest difference is that it only contains egg yolk, in comparison to the standard use of whole egg. Other ingredients include vinegar, oil, and monosodium glutamate. There is no added salt or sugar, making it a healthy(er) alternative.
What does Kewpie Mayonnaise taste like?
The taste is very different from your standard mayonnaise, with sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami flavors. The umami flavor comes from the addition of monosodium glutamate. The taste is also milder, creamier, and even has a fruity hint.
Is Kewpie Mayonnaise readily available in Supermarkets?
You may struggle to find Kewpie mayonnaise in all supermarkets, but if they contain an Asian section, it may be there, or with the other condiments. If you go to an Asian supermarket, you will also find variations of this, including spicy such as the sriracha version! Luckily it has a very distinctive bottle so can easily be identified if is on the aisle.
What are some alternative names for Kewpie Mayonnaise?
This mayonnaise may be referred to a shortened as just Kewpie, or sometimes ‘japanese mayonnaise’ or ‘sushi mayonnaise’.
What is a good substitute for Kewpie Mayonnaise in recipes?
Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for kewpie mayonnaise. These include:
- You could always use regular mayonnaise as a substitute, but it will lack that creamy, rich flavor.
- You can try to replicate Kewpie by adding rice vinegar (note: not Rice Wine Vinegar!) to your mayo, however, it does not result in the exact same flavor.
- Another option is using salad cream, very similar color and flavor.