From a preserved fish sauce called kê-chiap in southern China, the world’s favourite sauce evolved; tomatoes only entered the recipe in the 19th century. Americans added the sugar.
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

When China invented ketchup in 300BC, and how it morphed from a preserved fish sauce to sweet tomato gloop

The name of the world’s favourite sauce originated with Min Chinese, entered the lexicon in Indonesia, and from there was eventually absorbed into English via British India; along the way the sauce evolved dramatically

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From a preserved fish sauce called kê-chiap in southern China, the world’s favourite sauce evolved; tomatoes only entered the recipe in the 19th century. Americans added the sugar.
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