My whole life I was told to be careful when it comes to mayonnaise. Do not leave it in the sun or you will get sick. Do not leave it out of the fridge too long or it will go bad. And do not heat it up or it will split. So when my friend told me that you can squeeze it onto  bread, cook it , and it will be delicious, I was very skeptical. She took out of the fridge a bottle of Kewpie Mayonnaise (seen in picture above, a Japanese mayo). The baby on the bottle and minimalist packaging is a little worrisome.  She proceeded to squeeze a good amount on some bread and placed it under the broiler. It sizzled and bubbled for a while and came out looking completely different. My first thought was that this was going to be a powerful laxative and I couldn’t even imagine what it would taste like. It smelled vinegary and was still bubbling when it came out from under the broiler. 

I was pleasantly surprised, It is delicious. It’s a little oily and tangy with a touch of sweetness. And I have to admit, a little addictive. Once you get over the psychological block that has been ingrained in us, it’s actually very pleasant. It has become my go-to snack when I want something fast and hot (insert ‘that’s what she said’ joke here). I use a nice country bread, where the mayonnaise has place to seep into and encrust itself. It is the perfect snack when you have nothing in the fridge, which is most days for me. All you need is some good bread, mayo, and heat, and it is very satisfying. Now I don’t  know scientifically why this mayo is edible hot and the American brands give you stomach cramps. On the official website of Kewpie they say that “ Kewpie Mayonnaise” is Kewpie’s flagship product, and has been cherished by consumers across Japan since 1925.The key to its remarkably rich flavor is “egg”. Kewpie Mayonnaise is the “egg yolk type”, which contains egg yolk instead of whole egg.” And after reading that I was even more confused, because I assumed wrongly that it probably contained no eggs. But I can assure you that it really is delicious and has caused zero muscle spasms in my digestive system. 

Place a good amount of mayo on your bread. Place the bread under the  broiler and allow to melt away. I usually give it a couple minutes and remove it when all of it is bubbling.