I'm Dutch (Genetically, and I lived there for 6 months), if you want mayo with your chips there, you can either have patat met or patat zonder (Literally chips with or chips without). Patat oorlog's the way to go though, mayo, spicy peanut sauce and raw onions.
But seriously, tomato sauce (Never actually had "Ketchup") is for meat pies, sausage rolls, and pizza bases.
@mjk0104: Ketchup and tomato sauce are not the same thing. Ketchup is tomato based, but its texture is smooth. Think like a runnier tomato paste. You squirt it from a bottle like mustard or some store bought salad dressings. There aren't any chunks of tomato or other veggies in it. The ingredients also include sugar or syrup of some sort, and vinegar. The common American style is quite sour and often heavy on garlic, onions, and salt. I prefer the less common style which has a stronger tomato flavor and is sweet like a tomato jam with just a hint of vinegar. Regardless, ketchup is made from tomatoes but is nothing like the sauce you would put in a pie or on a pizza. It's a condiment like mayo or mustard. People don't generally put it on pizza or pasta.
It depends on the dish. For a sandwich (including a burger or hot chicken sandwich) I usually put both mayo and ketchup. Only sandwich like thing I don't like mayo on are hot dogs. As far as a dipping sauce goes, I enjoy mixing them together or using some sort of Aioli if the option is there. I guess the answer is probably both in most cases for me, but I openly admit that I put ketchup on many things most people wouldn't, including nuts, eggs, noodles, and honestly pretty much any meat or, grain, or veggie out there.
Whoa whoa whoa. I'll have absolutely no part in this. There should not be a war between ketchup or mayo. They are both equally delicious. Sometimes they are delicious together, sometimes apart. Where's the "both" option? Hell sometimes mustard can even be quite tasty.
@babychoochoo: Fries are nothing more than a ketchup delivery system. They're so you can get the delicious taste of ketchup without feeling like a freak for just eating it right out of the bottle. There are no other reason fries exist.
you clearly have never had a delicious french fry in your entire life. You have never savored a Rally's/Checkers fry. You have never gotten frys from mcdonalds and dumped a packet of salt on them. You have never ordered potato wedges at KFC. Shame on you for this horrible, inaccurate representation of french fries and how delicious they can be.
mayo is gross egg goop. Ketchup is iight, but it isn't my favorite condiment. Mustard is the best for everything that isn't fries/onion rings/stuff like that. But, to answer your question, I prefer ketchup to mayo a million times over. But I am in the states and was raised with putting ketchup on stuff. Mayo is more a thing you put on a deli sandwich, tuna fish, egg salad but I still prefer mustard for that (and hate tuna and egg salad). Mayo with fries sounds disgusting.
@neonie: Oh, so you need salt for your fries? Get out of here you hypocrite! Clearly fries are just your salt delivery mechanism!
Also, we have chips were I come from. Chips are better than fries. Fries are thin and crappy with barely any filling. Chips are real. And I'm not talking about your packet chips (which are called crisps), I'm talking about these
If it's specifially for japanese food, I'd say it usually goes best with mayo. That said, I only ever really like mayo on sandwiches or mixed with other condiments.
I actually have no love for ketchup at all. It feels like a 'filler' condiment. Like what you'd put on something when you don't have/don't know what else to use. It's boring and tasteless. It doesn't even really mix with anything well.
So it's a lose-lose for me.
Mayonnaise is the sweet pickle of condiments. Given the option of eating either something that tastes like sour underwear or something that tastes good with all your favorite horrible foods, I can't fathom why anyone would choose the sour underwear option.
Ketchup for president.
I'll eat mayo with a nice tomato salad, hardboiled eggs or cold meet.
Anybody who mixes mayo with hot food is a fucking animal, but I have to say mayo with japanese fast food somehow trumps everything else. Disgusting. You friend should be arrested for his crimes.
I prefer Mayo as a condiment. It's so much more diverse, because it mixes with everything. Mayo and ketchup? Check. Mayo and hotsauce? Check. Mayo and mustard? Check. Mayo and whatever the fuck I want? Check. On fries though? I guess I prefer ketchup over regular mayo, though any souped-up kind of mayo would make the race here too. Delicious garlic mayo with chopped olives and freshly ground black pepper and a squirt of zesty fresh lemon? Yes please.
Completely depends on the food you're eating. Overall, I prefer ketchup as a dip. For example, I dip my fries in ketchup, I dip frikandel through ketchup (Dutch snack), I drag my patatoes through ketchup and so on. I prefer some snacks with mayo though, like bitterballs (Dutch snack) if I'm using any that is.
However, as far as preparing food goes, mayo obviously wins. I can't think of any meal where one of the ingredients I use is ketchup. Whereas I can think of countless where mayo is an ingredient. Tuna salad for instance.
So my answer would be: as an ingredient, mayo. As a dressing or dip, ketchup.
@mjk0104 that looks like ketchup, not tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is the stuff you mix with pasta like spaghetti. It's the stuff that's on a pizza.
@raven10: Wait, what do you think tomato sauce is? In Australia, it's this stuff:
If it's anything but smooth, it's well and truely off, and probably infected with something...
Also, if you put it on pasta, your a goddamn monster.
In the US that would be called ketchup. When they talk about "tomato sauce" they are generally referring more to a tomato based pasta sauce from my experience.
As others on here have said, it depends on what food we are talking about. Both tomato sauce (ketchup) and a good whole egg mayo have their place. Sometimes that place is together, sometimes it is not. I find myself being adaptable when it comes to my condiments.
Depends what type of mayonnaise.
Normal mayonnaise? No thanks.
Japanese mayonnaise? Definitely, it tastes so much better.
Of course there is the possibility I'm a little bit crazy, one of the things I'm looking forward to when I go to Japan is trying a pizza with mayonnaise on it.
@mjk0104: Here that term is used for the tomato based sauces put on Italian dishes like pasta and pizza. Marinara sauce is another common term for a straight tomato sauce, but the term also encompasses any pasta sauce with a tomato base such as a vodka sauce like one would put on Penne, the tomato component of a meat pie, the tomato base used to make pizza, and occasionally even heavily spiced tomato based sauces used in Indian cooking like Korma (although this is far less common).
Looking through the website of Master Foods, tomato sauce would be what would be found on this page:
The ones with a tomato base would be a tomato sauce. And the things on the sauces page would be called condiments, along with the mustards and relishes. Basically if it goes on a sandwich or any sort of dish that involves meat, veggies, or cheese on or in some sort of bread it's a condiment. If you cover a cooked grain like pasta or rice with it then it is a sauce. Savory pies with meat, cheese, egg, or veggies are not generally eaten in America. Pies here almost exclusively contain fruit so we don't have a specific term for sauces put inside of a crust. You'd generally refer to a pie as being filled and an animal or veggie as being stuffed. Therefore an internal sauce is either a stuffing or a filling. A sauce here is poured over something not found within it. So in the case of a pie, the only time you would have a sauce would be if there was say some sort of gravy poured over the pie after it was cooked. Finally if you would put it on a salad then it is a dressing regardless of whether or not you would also use it as a sauce, filling, or condiment (like a blue cheese salad dressing).