Thursday, May 28, 2009

You Don't Have to Go to Japan to get this Potato Salad!!!

Bear with me here!

I tore this page from the April 2009 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and headed to Jungle Jims. I was bound and determined to find four of the six "Cult Condiments" that I have never heard of, let alone tried or tasted!

I am a huge Nutella fan and thanks to Heather an even more so fan of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce! That left me on a quest for four "Cult Condiments" which brings me to the first of which I would like to share with you.

Kewpie Mayonnaise comes from Japan and it is awful! It is awful for bathing suit season, awful for your diet, and most likely awful for your cholesterol. It is so awful, it is off the charts mouth-watering delicious. Kewpie Mayonnaise is dense and rich with a slight tang to tickle your taste buds. According to Every Day with Rachael Ray, Kewpie Mayonnaise "is tangier, sweeter and more flavorful than American mayonnaise." I will have to raise my hand high in agreement with that assessment! Now, for the bad news. One tablespoon will cost you 100 calories and 10 grams of FAT! (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT)

Undeniably, Jungle Jims has some of the best customer service EVER! So, I was surprised when I asked for help finding the Kewpie Mayonnaise and the young lady told me, "You do not want that."

"I am a food blogger," I said proudly. I immediately thought how stupid that sounded. But, I wear the badge of "food blogger" proudly! What can I say?

"No, you don't want it because it is too good to eat," she told me. "I bought some the other day and I can not stop eating it. I use it to make my bologna and cheese sandwiches and they are gourmet good."

"What is the problem?" I thought to myself. This is when she handed me the bottle and pointed to the nutritional facts. We exchanged a glance that indicated we both knew what the problem was. That didn't stop me. I work under the saying "Everything in Moderation."

On to Japanese Potato Salad.

Gin's Japanese Potato Salad

5 medium firm potatoes, peeled and diced

1 carrots, finely sliced

1 red onion, grated

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

8 radishes, thinly sliced

6 farm fresh eggs, boiled and thinly sliced

1 cup Kewpie Mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

salt and pepper to taste

(1) Boil the potatoes approximately 20 to 25 minutes. The last 10 minutes add the carrot. (2) Drain potatoes and carrots and place in bowl to cool. Add salt and pepper. (3) Add grated onion, cucumber, radishes, Kewpie Mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir. (4) Top with sliced eggs. (5) ENJOY!

I took a big bowl of that potato salad to our Memorial Day celebration at my sister's house so "Why is my brother-in-law giving me that look?" He just found out what the big bowl of potato salad that he just ate consisted of! Rob has been on a meticulously determined diet with such will and resolve, that he has dropped over 40 pounds!

To take a word from my seventeen year old son.

"Sorry Rob!"

I have since done some more research on Japanese potato salad. Here are the changes I will make for this decadent treat. I am not going to put the cucumbers in the salad. Why? They don't stay firm and there is something about biting into a limp cucumber. If you don't believe me just ask Donna! And, I am going to take some of the potatoes and mash them like the do in Japan. In place of the cucumbers I will add a lot more radishes and carrots.

There you have it, JAPANESE POTATO SALAD. It is definitely worth a try for an unbelievable treat. The magazine suggests using the Kewpie Mayonnaise "as a dipping sauce with fried foods or in any mayo-based salad."

Stay tuned for reviews on Patak's Hot Lime Relish, Branston Pickle Relish and Vegemite. Have a wonderful day!


  1. This looks delicious. Your recipe is different than the one I use. Your son is quite a handsome young man. Have a wonderful day.

  2. I love Kewpie mayo - especially with tempura prawns (or french fries). I was happy to see that page in my Rachel Ray mag too - and even happier to say I had already tried them all! :) Your potato salad looks delish - I bet it would taste good with a bit of wasabi in it as well.

  3. I don't have jungle jim's where oh were do I get this mayo????

  4. What a fun recipe! I love trying new foods. It would be fun to hunt for these goodies here.

    I tried cucumber in my potato salad once and it did end up limp and icky. :0(

    I'm so glad you liked the daisy!

  5. Oh wow, this mayo sounds amazing! While I am pretty light handed when I use mayo there is nothing like a good one to enhance a recipe when called for. I would love to give this a try. Potato salad is so addictive, in my opinion. Perfect for summer.

  6. That was good and hilarious - I love when you explain why you are shopping for the dangerous japanese mayo -

  7. Omg Ginger. First of all that stuff has to be heaven. Second, the look on your brother-in-laws face is priceless. Can't stop laughing!

    I will not be buying this stuff. Nooooo way. I'll be in so much trouble lol.

    This post is awesome. Aren't you triathlon training? I'm taking it you have the calories to spare!


  8. What a great post, had me intrigued, laughing, and shocked just like a best seller! I no longer use mayo, even veganaise, due to the fat content, and regular seasoning works best!

  9. Tee post!! You are so funny "I'm a food blogger" it :) You're son is super cute!!! I'd definitely eat at least some of this yummy looking the mayo packaging!

  10. Ever since I got the Kewpie mayo for the Japanese pancakes, I love it and been using it on everything, sounds excellent with the potato salad!

  11. Never heard of Japanese mayo or Japanese potato salad. I think I NEED both to feel complete.

  12. I saw this mayo in the supermarket recently...and now I HAVE to go back and get some to try! Your potato salad looks yummy!

    I look forward to seeing what you think of Vegemite!

  13. I wonder if I should bug the good folks at Kroger to carry this...I'm just curious...I promise not to become addicted!

  14. Yum! I like the Japanese twist!

  15. Funniest post I read tonight! What a great story. Is your BIL speaking to you?
    I never heard of Kewpee mayo. Suggestion, if you want a little green crunch, instead of the cucumber, use celery. Nothing worse than limp cukes!

  16. oh yeah! you know you love the sriracha! it's my FAVORITE!

    i wanna try that hot lime relish!! sounds amazing! as does this potato salad. what a great way to shake up a kinda-boring classic!!!!!

  17. What a lesson in new foods that I have gotten today! This sounds delicious.

    I love that look on your brother-in-law's face, priceless.

  18. hahaha limp cucumber.. jeez..

    Never heard of kewpie mayo, I have to find it now just to taste it. This was such a fun read..

  19. What a funny post - I'm still smiling at the look on your brother's face. That stuff is dangerously addictive. I look forward to your post on Branston's pickle - as a kid in England, it formed its own food group in our house. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  20. YAY...someone I know is getting the hang of putting more pictures up....Good Job Gin! Is that mayo sweet like Miracle Whip? I like mayo over miracle whip because I don't like my savory foods being sweet. Otherwise, that potato looks DA BOMB!

  21. This is hilarious! I found your blog because I had done the exact same thing, torn the same page from a rachel ray mag and taken it to the store. I went to my computer to find out what to do with the lime relish and your blog came up. Now I have to go and find the Kewpie mayo cause I only got the chili sauce and the relish. I hear the nutella i good on peanut butter sandwich. Will keep checking back for more recipes!

  22. I have always eyed that mayo at the Asian market I shop at and was a little afraid of it. Not any more, but kinda because of the health concerns I know will have.

    Thanks for the review and recipe.

  23. Whoa, I just read that the Japanese mayo is catching on big time in the States and was thinking that it was one of the things I used to miss from Japan when I used to live in the States back in the 80's. Assuming you are still in to it, if you are concerned about the high calories, you can try mixing the mayo with plain yogurt. You can use it on stuff like shrimps and avocado salad, with tinge of lemon juice. Enjoy!
    Saeko, Tokyo Japan