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Review: Kikkoman Ponzu Lime

One of the best parts of being part of Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker Program is that you get to try all kinds of stuff for free. The latest item is a sauce, so this review is sponsored by Foodbuzz and my favorite brand of shoyu, Kikkoman. New to the Kikkoman family of products is their Ponzu Lime Sauce. Funnily enough, I found a bottle of their Ponzu Soy Sauce in my pantry last night, which looks like it’s made with lemon instead of lime.

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The bottle unfortunately leaked during shipping, which was kinda gross on bubble wrap and a bummer since I like to keep bubble warp. This doesn’t really bode well for buying a bottle of it online, as they did wrap and pack it rather nicely. The letter and literature that came with it said that it goes great with sashimi and the brochure included a recipe for Shrimp Fajitas.

Being someone who doesn’t need an excuse to buy sashimi, you can guess what I chose to test it on.

I went to Foodland and bought a really sexy block of ahi. I’d been to Don Quijote first, but was disappointed to find that they had some seriously crappy fish selection. Instead, I bought a couple of nice white plates to take photos on.

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OH……………! I already ate the whole block and yet my mouth still waters at the sight of such pretty sashimi. It had no tsuji, which made it that much more awesome. Anyway, time to pour the sauce on!

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Looks good, right? I dipped a fingertip in and took a taste. It was… interesting. Reminded me of my lime bathroom cleaner… 🙁 I took photos under my hot lamp for so long that the bottom of the sashimi was starting to cook. Crazy, huh?

Before I go on, I should state that I’m a shoyu snob and very picky about what goes on my sashimi. I refuse to eat wasabi and pouring cheap shoyu over it is a crime. I might even go so far as to say that you shouldn’t put a light soy sauce like Aloha Shoyu on it. It will taste good, just not how it should. Kikkoman and Yamasa are the only brands I consider worthy of sashimi. I tried Sempio and though it has a really great taste, I think it’s more suited for sushi than sashimi.

That being said, I was not a fan of this Ponzu Lime sauce on my sashimi. I ate it all, but I ate it because it’s sashimi and not to be wasted. I think this might have worked nicely with the regular ponzu sauce, since I love salmon with lemon and shoyu, but the lime just didn’t do it for me.

Fried Eggplant

I made more of the eggplant that I gave the recipe for the other day. I really wasn’t a fan of the sauce at this point, so I actually didn’t even try it with the eggplant. I suspect that this sauce will probably taste a lot better if I try the shrimp fajitas recipe I mentioned earlier. The brochure has a photo of a Mexican family making fajitas, so I guess it’s probably supposed to go more with Latin cuisine or, as I mentioned earlier, maybe I’m just too snobby with my shoyu. I’m not going to be using it on fish again.

I made some pork gyoza for lunch today and thought I should give the sauce another try.

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I have to admit, it tasted way better with gyoza. I tried it with the regular ponzu as well, but thought that didn’t taste that good. I tried it with the Ajinomoto Gyoza Dipping Sauce I have, but ended up going back to regular Kikkoman shoyu in the end.

I’ll definitely have to try doing this with beef, as I think soy and lime would probably taste way better on a steak. I’ll update when I find out more!


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  • leslie

    First of all, let me say, “WOW! Great prizes for the 12 Days of Bento! Thanks!!” I came in tonight, after having been visiting a friend in the hospital for the afternoon, and found a small package on the table. I was thrilled with the contents! The bow/crown/top hat picks are so adorable! I’m going to have to make something tomorrow to use them on. I’m thinking quail eggs… we’ll see. The Hana Ebi is a real treat! I have never seen any in “real life.” I can’t wait to use it for Valentines. I know I will be making several V-day lunches this week, I wonder if I can find a different way to use it each time? This is so exciting!

    Second, the Ponzu Lime Sauce. This review is very interesting to me. I have used regular Ponzu with lemon, but I’m not sure I would be able to distinguish the new lime Ponzu from the lemon. Both are citrus, and I, sadly, do not have your culinary talent for Shoyu. I’m going to have to buy some of the new to see if I can taste a difference. I don’t think I would have tried it with the eggplant either… to me, lime and eggplant just don’t seem like two flavors that should go together. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it with steak.

    Thanks again for the gifts! They are awesome!

  • Thanks for the review. I’m going to give it a try. Here in Texas we use a lot of lime in cooking. I may try it in my fajhita marinade.

  • Molly

    Sorry, Crystal, but I discriminate against the “American” versions of certain ethnic products; they tend to be much saltier and blander than the actual Japanese product with the label you can’t read, lol. By the way, I swear I’ve seen that ponzu sauce in one of the Oahu supermarkets.

  • Well like I said, my first impression was that it tasted like cleaner. lol! I saw it at Foodland, but Foodbuzz sent this to me.

  • I’m so glad you like it, Leslie! 🙂

    The two tasted very different to me and I really preferred the lemon one to the lime. It just had a strange taste tome from the start.

  • Let me know how that is!