Kikkoman introduces for the first time 100 multi-cuisine recipes in collaboration with India’s top chefs

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Bottle of Kikkoman sauce. Kikkoman products are found in almost every household. Photo: courtesy Ela Dutt

The world’s leading producer of naturally brewed soy sauce, Kikkoman Corporation, recently  announced the introduction of the first set of recipes co-created with several top chefs in India.

Kikkoman seeks to promote new encounters between ingredients, people, and food cultures, something that Kikkoman has focused on for decades around the world, the company said in a press release. The ‘Kikkoman Honjozo Authentic Soy Sauce Experience’ program was launched in October 2021 as part of these efforts to make this most popular naturally brewed soy sauce an everyday ingredient for all restaurants and households in India, it added.

This first set of custom-made recipes are part of this program. Kikkoman aims to introduce 100 recipes a year, featuring multiple cuisines including Indian dishes, that will be introduced to both home and professional chefs in India, the company said.

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They are introducing over 50 recipes in the first instance as the first set of custom-made recipes for India. Working with top professional chefs.o-day cooking to make every meal more delicious.

In the first set of recipes for India, Kikkoman has worked with its Brand Ambassadors in Mumbai–Chef Vicky Ratnani (leading chef & restauranteur), Chef Seefah Ketchaiyo and Chef Karan (owners of Seefah restaurant in Mumbai), as well as Prashant Issar (who runs Ishaara in Mumbai)–to create unique recipes for professional chefs using Kikkoman Soy Sauce as a key ingredient. Additionally, some easy-to-make recipes have also been developed for everyday cooking for home chefs. Extra care has been taken to ensure these recipes can be easily prepared in all Indian kitchens.

“Our recipes will soon be uploaded on Kikkoman India’s digital platforms, including Instagram and YouTube,” the company announced. Kikkoman’s all-purpose soy sauce uses centuries-old Honjozo method, the company noted.

The new recipes range from Asian cuisine that includes Japanese, Chinese and Thai, to Continental, Italian, Indian, Mexican and Indian-Chinese dishes.

“Behind this collaboration is Kikkoman’s understanding that recipe development should be where food culture meets authentic naturally brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce. It is something they have been doing around the world–matching our soy sauce with local ingredients and cuisines to create new delicious experiences,” the press release said.
For example, in 1957 when Kikkoman opened its subsidiary in the USA, in San Francisco, a range of multiple recipes were developed in order to have Americans be able to use Kikkoman Soy Sauce in their everyday cooking.

Kikkoman noted India’s diverse cuisines and rich food heritage and traditions. “but food culture is ever-dynamic and constantly evolving,” it said, and there was infinite scope for creating new delicious dishes, something the company aims to leverage “by connecting with professional chefs, next-generation students of the culinary and the hospitality industry” which is 2 million strong, as well as the wider community at large.

Vicky Ratnani, Kikkoman India Brand Ambassador, who uses Kikkoman Soy Sauce in not only Japanese but also Indian and Western dishes, is quoted saying in the press release, “There are countless possibilities that the Kikkoman Soy Sauce offers, something that not many Indians know yet. The idea is to inspire and educate both professional and home chefs through the new recipes that I and many other chefs in India will create. In fact, I believe Kikkoman Soy Sauce will be a crucial ingredient in Indian kitchens in the near future.”

Osamu Mogi, Director, Senior Executive Corporate Officer, International Operations Division, Kikkoman Corporation stated, “Kikkoman has a deeply comprehensive vision for India, and these recipes are just the beginning of an exciting journey that forms part of the Kikkoman Honjozo Authentic Soy Sauce Experience.”

The company has a long term plan for India.”It is a market they hope to work with for the next 100 years and beyond. Kikkoman seeks to further develop thousands of recipes in India for Indian chefs, recipes for both home and professional cooking,” the press release said.

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