Who doesn’t love their fries with a little tomato ketchup on the side? And did you know that Hellman’s Mayonnaise is the top condiment most used in the USA? Tostitos salsa comes in second place, and ketchup comes a strong third. But have you ever wondered what condiments are used around the world and how they vary from our favorites? Let's take a peek at the coolest international condiments and see how different they can be from country to country.
Chinese condiments are completely different from the ones we use in the US. You’ll find everything from hoisin sauce to Szechuan sauce and XO sauce to plum sauce. A lot of their sauces are used in stir-fries to add flavor to the dish, but condiments such as hoisin sauce are used for dipping, as is a plum sauce. No ketchup in sight here. If you fancy adopting some of these flavors into your home meals why not buy high-quality condiments online?
There are many condiments used in Japan, from sweet to sour, that add intense flavors to even the blandest of foods. Soy sauce is, of course, one of the most popular, and it dates all the way back to the 1600’s when Buddhist monks first introduced it. The Japanese use a lot of vinegar, which they call Su. This is used for dipping when eating sushi and also to add delicious flavors to soups and stews. And of course, we can’t leave miso off the list when talking about Japanese condiments. You can get red, white and mixed miso and it comes in a thick paste. It will then be added to soup stocks, sauces, and spreads for a traditional salty flavour.
In South America, it’s all about the chimichurri and habanero sauce. Chimichurri is a super spicy condiment from Argentina that is used on a lot of grilled meats. Its main ingredient is parsley, and it also includes garlic, oregano, and red pepper. Its consistency is like pesto, and it’s delicious. They also love their habanero sauces, which are extremely hot and intensely spicy.
Can you guess? Yes, their favorite condiment is of course vegemite. We’ll leave it at that. It’s like marmite. Either you love it, or you hate it!
Popular condiments in Thailand include fish sauce and sweet chili sauce. Fish sauce is made from anchovies, salt, and water and is used in many Asian recipes. It has an intense flavor so always use sparingly. And sweet chili sauce is used on lots of chicken, as a dipping sauce and even in sandwiches. Be warned, it’s hotter than mayo and intensely sweet.
The Middle East and North Africa
One of the most popular condiments used in the Middle East and North Africa is harissa. It adds a great kick to dishes and is generally a mix of hot chili peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, cumin, coriander, and mint. It can be used to add flavor and spice to soups and stews and also to marinade meats. It’s great for dipping bread into with some added olive oil, and it can even be spread on pizza.