It was pleasing to see recent Bangkok Post letters praising that most noble of institutions, HP Sauce. One reader even called it "the best condiment ever produced", although one suspects the French might have something to say about that. Perhaps more realistically, the Daily Mail calls it "a sticky brown liquid".
HP, which once billed itself as "the official sauce of Great Britain", still maintains an aura of "Britishness", even though since 2005 it has been made in the Netherlands and Spain by Heinz, an American company. According to a recent survey, 40% of Britons still think HP is made in the UK.
But at least it originated in Britain. The recipe was developed by Nottingham grocer Frederick Garton, who named it HP after learning it had been spotted in a restaurant at the Houses of Parliament.
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