Kewpie – Japanese mayonnaise

Kewpie is the most famous mayonnaise brand in Japan, and about the only type of mayonnaise used in sushi restaurants. On the pack there is a picture of a doll, and these are sold as Kewpie dolls 🙂

Mayonnaise is also added MSG – monosodium (sodium) glutamate, which is the origin of umami flavour.


  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar (same type of vinegar used in sushi rice)
  • 1.8 dl canola oil
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp acacia honey
  • 1 pinch of MSG

Add yolk, mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a bowl.

Mix and add the oil gently, until the mayonnaise starts to thicken. Season with salt, honey, vinegar and MSG. Mayonnaise keeps a few days in the refrigerator.


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