I always thought 1 tablespoon is 3 teaspoons = 15ml. I recently bought a measuring spoon & cup set from K-mart. I used it for the first time today. First up, the cup leaked. And next, the tablespoon was huge. It says 1 tablespoon = 20ml! I exclaimed. K-mart! They can’t make measuring cups that hold water properly and they’ve even screwed up making tablespoons!
I always think about this but in this day in the world, everything is made in China. This is the same in Japan too. Most goods are made in China. However, the probability of something made in China being faulty is, from experience, 5% when purchased in Japan but 60% when purchased in Austrlia. I am not exaggerating. I have never had the habit of keeping a receipt when shopping in Japan because I dont expect brand new things to be broken and that I would have to return things. Here, more likely than not, something will go wrong within a couple days. Anyhow, the theory I believe at the moment is that the diligent folk at K-Mart and Bunnings are 55% less effective in their jobs when compared to a similar quality control person in Japan.
Anyway, getting back to tablespoons, I asked staff around me. 1 Korean staff and 1 Japanese staff agreed that a tablespoon should be 15ml. The only Aussie staff (applying for honorary Asian-ship) was completely oblivious about how many ml a tablespoon should be….
In conclusion. I just googled the definition of tablespoon and was shocked. Check out the definition below… Australia, its not just kangaroos, you are just so full of,,, surprises. I love you …but I worry for you…
In most regions (including the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea), one tablespoonful equals three teaspoons. In these regions, one tablespoon is approximately 15 mL, which is about 1⁄2 U.S. fl oz. In some places like the U.S., the tablespoon was historically defined as 1⁄2 U.S. fl oz. (2 tbsp. = 1 U.S. fl oz) In Australia a tablespoon is defined as four teaspoons (20 mL).