The Easy Trick To Making Copycat Kewpie Mayo At Home

For mayo lovers, there can be quite a debate over which mayo brand reigns supreme. For many chefs, Kewpie mayo is their go-to for its richness and unique flavor. Kewpie mayo is widely available for purchase at retailers like Walmart and some local grocery chains and Asian specialty markets. For those who want to experiment with making their own, it takes only a few ingredients to whip some up at home.

According to TikTok user @atablefortwoplease, making homemade Kewpie mayo is as simple as combining egg, mustard, salt, seasoning, lemon juice, and mirin, and then blending until it reaches your desired consistency. Though the end result is a creamy mayo that certainly resembles Japanese mayo, users flooded the comment section to add their thoughts on the homemade creation. Many people were quick to question the use of an entire egg versus the yolk, with one person writing, "Kewpie uses only yolks, though." Other comments range from questioning the poster's use of non-specified seasoning to saying they'd miss the distinctive packaging.

How to get that special kewpie flavor

Kewpie mayo is known for its unique flavor and added richness, which indeed comes from extra egg yolks as well as a special seasoning ingredient. Unlike the version presented in the video, Kewpie mayo is made solely from egg yolks, vinegar, vegetable oil, and salt. In Japan, the mayo is infused with MSG, which gives it its unique umami flavor. Unfortunately, in the U.S. the mayo is made without MSG, with yeast extract being used in its place, which is another reason to whip up a batch of your own using the traditional flavor enhancer, which is available in most grocery stores. While it's not one hundred percent known which kinds of vinegar are used, it may be a combination of apple cider, rice, and malt vinegar, you can try various mixes until you get the flavor you prefer.


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Depending on where you go in the world, Kewpie mayo may taste slightly different to suit regional tastes, and you can tweak your recipe accordingly. In China, the mayo has a sweeter flavor, as it's often used as a binder in fruit salads, so if that sounds good to you, add a dash of sugar to your recipe. In Malaysia, two different versions of the mayo are sold; regular and chili which has a spicy kick — you can add chili powder, pepper flakes, or hot sauce, depending on your preference.