Globalization & Food Trends

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Globalization is one of the most powerful forces in the modern world. Thanks to the Internet and the ease of transportation, people all around the world are more interconnected than ever. With this comes an exchange of cultures, including language, behaviors, beliefs, and of course… food!

So, how does this affect food trends in the USA?

According to Datassential (a company that analyzes national food trends), the overarching concept of “ethnic food” is becoming obsolete. Foods once considered “exotic” or “foreign” are becoming less intimidating as consumers are introduced to more and more different types of cuisines and expand their tastes.

It is not surprising, then, that one of the hottest trends in the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Culinary Forecast is ethnic condiments. Consumers opened their minds (and mouths) and found sriracha sauce, which skyrocketed in popularity and became a common sauce in restaurants and households alike. Now they’re looking for more. One of the biggest contenders for the next sriracha is gochujang, which Wing Nien is developing as we speak!

Wing Nien is still working on this sauce, trying to ensure that it’s the best that it can be. However, we will soon be offering samples to any of our readers who are willing to provide us with feedback. If you’re interested in trying some of our delicious sauces, keep an eye out for an announcement soon.

For inquiries about working with us, or where to find our sauce, please call or e-mail us at (510) 487-8877 or kkhov@wnfoods.com. Thank you!

Taste testing sriracha hybrids

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In our sriracha sauce article, we mentioned that Wing Nien is hard at work developing some delicious sriracha sauce hybrids. Today we are taste testing the latest formulas: sriracha BBQ sauce, sriracha stir fry sauce, and sriracha sweet & sour sauce!

To start, we cooked some crispy chicken and vegetable gyoza. Yum!

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Now onto the taste testing!

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Sriracha BBQ Sauce: This sauce has the thick texture and smoky sweetness one would expect from BBQ sauce, but the powerful hot chili flavor of sriracha is equally prominent. These two flavors create a wonderful contrast on the tongue, leaving you wanting more!

Sriracha Stir Fry Sauce: This sauce takes stir fry to the next level. It maintains the complex savory taste of traditional stir fry sauce, but also kicks it up a notch with the distinct chili heat of sriracha sauce. The chicken and vegetable gyoza were a match made in heaven with this sauce!

Sriracha Sweet & Sour Sauce: The sweet & sour sauce we all know and love has been boosted with another layer of delectable flavor thanks to sriracha. Next time you’re craving sweet & sour chicken, we recommend giving this sauce a try. Your tastebuds will thank you!

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Wing Nien is still working on these sauces, trying to ensure that they are the best they can be. However, we will soon be offering samples to any of our readers who are willing to provide us with feedback. If you’re interested in trying some of our delicious sauces, keep an eye out for an announcement soon.

For inquiries about working with us, or where to find our sauce, please call or e-mail us at (510) 487-8877 or kkhov@wnfoods.com. Thank you!

Ddukbokki

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Feeling hungry after reading our gochujang article? We recommend trying this simple but delicious ddukbokki (Korean spicy rice cake) recipe from Kimchimari. Enjoy!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your gochujang sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or kkhov@wnfoods.com.

Gochujang

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Hot sauce lovers, meet gochujang!

This spicy sauce has recently been blazing a trail for itself among Asian sauces in the US, often drawing comparisons to sriracha sauce. However, it is so much more than just sriracha’s Korean cousin. Gochujang has been an important part of Korean cuisine for over a thousand years. The process begins with a mix of gochu (a Korean red chili pepper), glutinous rice, soybeans, and salt. The mix is then fermented for years in earthenware pots.

It may sound long, but once you try gochujang, you’ll know the wait was worth it! The result is a uniquely complex combination of heat, sweetness, and umami. It’s a taste so delicious and versatile that you can use it on anything: meat, vegetables, rice, soups… the possibilities are endless. On top of that, it’s healthy! Gochujang contains so many great nutrients and vitamins that it has been internationally recognized for its health benefits.

We bet you’re pretty excited about gochujang now. Here at Wing Nien Foods, we are too! That’s why we’re working on our own gochujang sauce. It’s still in development, but rest assured, we’re creating something really tasty and authentic for you.

For inquiries about working with us, or where to find our sauce, please call or e-mail us at (510) 487-8877 or kkhov@wnfoods.com. Thank you!

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