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Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing & Marinade

I often tell my kids that when it comes to food, there is absolutely nothing I do not like. I don’t LOVE everything, for sure, but I don’t HATE anything, either, and I’ll try just about anything. So far anyways.

With this in mind, I’m always ready to try new things, and thanks to Costco, I’ve had the chance to purchase the Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade. I had an inkling that this was the sort of product I would enjoy, and boy am I not disappointed!

Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing & Marinade
Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Taste and Texture

I’ve always been a fan of all types of peanut sauces and dips, so this played right to my palette. The overall taste is very bold, to say the least. There is no ambiguity as to what this is: a sesame dressing. If not used carefully, as a dressing for example, it is quite apt to overpower everything. Knowing this, however, you can adjust. It is salty, but not too much, and when it comes to texture and mouthfeel, this dressing is absolutely exquisite.

Sesame seeds are just plentiful in this dressing. It’s not just the taste, you can see them and feel them and even chew them, although that is hardly necessary. Since they are roasted, the seeds will give way easily to the tooth, with just the right amount of yield. The scrumptious roasted seeds will cling to your salad, or to your meat if you use it as a marinade. It looks fantastic and tastes even better.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Costco Review: Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing Nutrition Facts

Since the main ingredient is Canola oil, you can’t be surprised that this dressing is highly caloric, to the tune of 70 calories per tablespoon. This is, however, where the bad news end; this Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade is otherwise quite “healthy”, with reasonable fat, sugar and salt content.

When it comes to ingredients, here is what you’ll find, in the usual order:

  • Expeller-pressed Canola Oil
  • Water
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Yeast extracts
  • Natural flavors
  • Dried egg yolk
  • Xanthan gum

The only thing that’s fishy here is the xanthan gum, which is a thickening, suspending and stabilizing agent. Great to ensure that the sesame seeds don’t all stay at the bottom of the jar! Joking aside, xanthan gum is a soluble fiber, meaning your body doesn’t digest it.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: Price and Value

I purchased my Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing at Costco, for the surprisingly low price of $8.99. I also benefited from a $2.50 instant savings, which brings the price down to $6.49. This is not a taxable product in Canada, so that’s the price I paid. Each jar contains 887 ml of this delicious dressing, for a price per 100 ml of under $0.75. The price per serving, with the rebate, is 11 cents, which is quite reasonable.

Besides the price, what I like most is the value; this is not just a dressing, or a marinade. You can used it as a dipping sauce for dumplings, mix it with rice or pasta, or basically anything you can think of. It is really versatile.

Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade: The Verdict

If you see this sesame dressing at your Costco, pick it up! You’ll almost certainly love it, and if not, someone in your family certainly will. It is well priced, made in the USA by Q&B Foods out of California, so you know that it’s a quality product, and it goes well with anything. I can’t recommend it enough! Q&B is a division of Kewpie Foods from Japan, so know you’re getting authentic Japanese taste, too.

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