I spent nearly 2 days basking in my success of cooking healthy chicken soup, only to discover that the ‘pepper’ belonging to my housemates I added in large amounts was actually flavoured black pepper. Belonging to the brand Ajinomoto.

And I wasn’t even suspicious when I saw the big Aji-Shio words printed on the bottle.

Sigh. No wonder the soup made me thirsty. How I hate marketing.