I’m happy to report that I’ve made an awesome new discovery at my local Costco! This review is more about something new and great that about price and value, although as usual, when bought at Costco, the value was there! I’m talking here about the Wafu Japanese-Style Mayonaizu Spread. This was on demo at my local Costco, and I picked up two squeeze bottles of 450 ml each, just under a half-liter, for $6.99, no tax.
I’m a huge fan of traditional Wafu dressing, and when it comes to taste, these spreads are right on. What I enjoy about them is that I can take the wonderful taste of Wafu and apply it to a bunch of places where I couldn’t before, on account of the dressing being too thin. For example, I’ve already tried the Wafu Japanese-Style Mayonaizu Spread on toast – excellent! – in an actual salad, which was delicious, and on humble hot dogs, which tasted like a million bucks after a generous application of Wafu spread!
The Mayonaizu Spread is available at Costco in three different flavors; you get to pick two per order. They are:
- Sesame – Tastes most like traditional Wafu dressing;
- Wasabi – Tastes like Wasabi. Quite spicy, and delicious;
- Spicy – As the name suggests, it’s spicy, but not hot like Wasabi;
Of course, being me, I could not resist the two most spicy versions of this delicious mayonnaise-style spread. I got the Spicy and Wasabi versions, pictured below.
The Wasabi version of the Mayonaizu spread is quite spicy; definitely not something to give young kids, which is not something I thought about when I bought this. I will buy the milder Sesame version when I’m next at Costco.
Since the Spicy Wafu is not as spicy as the Wasabi, I don’t like it as much, but it may go down better with the other members of the family.
When it comes to ingredients, both are almost identical, so I’ll list the ingredients for the Wasabi version:
- Canola Oil
- Rice Vinegar
- Pasteurized Frozen Egg Yolk
- Modified Corn Starch
- Sea Sal
- Spinach Powder
- Lactic Acid
- Lemon Juice Concentrate
- Horseradish Powder
- Xanthum Gum
- Citric Acid
- Potassium Sorbate
- Sodium Benzoate
- Wasabi Oil
- Natural Flavor
- Mustard Oil
- Capsicum Oil
- Calcium Disodium Edta
None of these ingredients are particularly freaky, although there are quite a few stability and conservation agents. Pictured at right are the ingredients for the Spicy Mayonaizu version.
As far as the nutritional information goes, this is pretty standard for a mayonnaise-style spread. (Compare with my Kirkland Signature Real Mayonnaise here) There are quite a few calories per tablespoon, along with plenty of lipids, cholesterol and sodium. I know that it doesn’t look like that much, but seriously, who eats a single tablespoon full? I know I don’t, which in retrospect might help explain my expanding waistline issues.
In closing, a word about the name; I don’t know if ‘Mayonaizu’ is what you call mayonnaise in Japanese. I would be surprised if it was so. Maybe one of my more cultured readers can enlighten me in the comments.
I think it is funny to say ‘mayonaizu’ so I’m going to stick with it.
If you see these products at your local Costco, and you enjoy the taste of Wafu salad dressing, I highly encourage you to give these a try. They are delicious, and I’m not being paid to say so. It must also be said that these products are made right here in Canada, with what I assume are local ingredients (mostly). It’s fun to buy something delicious that is made here, knowing that you help support your local economy.