The History of a Messy Soy Sauce Package

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Japanese designer Kenji Ekuan died this week. He was the man who created Kikkoman's iconic soy sauce bottles with the wide bottoms and the red cap. He had nothing to do with those packets that come with Chinese food when you get it delivered to your home: the ones that end up squirting more soy sauce on your shirt then your chow mein. Who designed those horrible little packets, anyway? Well, it seems that nobody really knows. But thanks to a new article, we now know at least who made them popular, and that in many instances, the stuff in them isn’t even technically soy sauce.

 

Credits

Guest:
Tanya Basu - Editorial, The Atlantic - @mstanyabasu

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott