Indonesian Food

Did you know that WN Foods has several team members from Indonesia? In honor our hardworking family and their amazing homeland, here are some popular Indonesian dishes!

Satay

Many Southeast Asian countries love Satay, and Indonesia is no exception! This grilled skewered meat dish can be found at street food stalls all over Indonesia, usually with chicken or beef covered in plenty of Kecap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce).

Nasi Goreng

If you are looking for an introduction to Indonesian food, Nasi Goreng is a great place to start. It is simply an Indonesian fried rice dish with vegetables and meat. Common ingredients include chicken, shallots, and chili peppers.

Martabak

Martabak, or stuffed pancake, is one of the most beloved street foods in all of Indonesia. It can be served with both sweet and savory fillings. The sweet version is often made with condensed milk, and the savory version with eggs and various meats, like mutton or beef.

Mie Goreng

Almost every Asian country has its own noodle dish, and Mie Goreng (Indonesian fried noodles) is the favorite of Indonesia. Like Nasi Goreng and Satay, this dish uses that tasty Kecap Manis to give it a burst of flavor. It is usually topped with ingredients like fried eggs, scallion, and shrimp.

Rendang

Fans of spicy food will love Rendang. This dish is similar to a thick, meaty curry, except more dry and with less chunky vegetables. It is primarily made with beef, dry curry, and a delicious spice paste. To cool the mouth, enjoy Rendang with a side of rice.

What is your favorite Indonesian dish? Which one would you like to try? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your 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 wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

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Vietnamese Food

One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes in the US is Phở, but there are so many more delicious foods from Vietnam. Let’s learn about a few amazing dishes and how to cook them at home!

Phở

This Vietnamese soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods. With its flavorful broth, tender meat, and chewy rice noodles, it’s no wonder Phở is one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes! Making it at home is a long process, but the end results are worth it. Check out this recipe if you would like to try it yourself.

Bún chả

Bún chả uses the same tasty rice noodles as in Phở and pairs them with grilled pork and fresh herbs. It is also often served with a Nước chấm (a vinegar and fish sauce mix) dipping sauce. The fresh taste of the noodles with the tangy dipping sauce and delicious pork are an absolutely incredible combination! To make it at home, try this recipe.

Gỏi cuốn

Also known as Vietnamese spring rolls, Gỏi cuốn are rolls comprised of vegetables, pork, and prawns wrapped in Bánh tráng (rice paper). They are often served as an appetizer with a dipping sauce such as Hoisin sauce, peanut sauce, or Nước chấm. Try this recipe if you would like to make it at home!

Bánh mì

This Vietnamese sandwich uses French baguettes and native Vietnamese ingredients like Chả lụa (pork sausage), pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, and coriander. In Vietnam, Bánh mì is typically a snack or breakfast food, but it is eaten throughout the day in the US. Here is a great recipe to try in your home kitchen!

Bánh xèo

Bánh xèo is a crispy, savory pancake stuffed with a myriad of ingredients based on preference. It can be filled with any ingredient, but recipes commonly include shrimp, bean sprouts, onions, pork, and cucumbers. Give it a try at home with this recipe!

Bánh cuốn

This delicious Vietnamese dish begins with a thin rice batter that is steamed to form a wrapper. This wrapper encloses a simple but exquisite filling made from ground pork, wood ear mushrooms, and shallots. It is often topped with fried shallots and fresh herbs. Sound appetizing? Take a look at this recipe!

What’s your favorite Vietnamese dish? Which ones would you like to try? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your 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 wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Korean Food Vocabulary

As a follow up to our Chinese food vocabulary post, let’s learn some Korean food vocabulary!

  • Food = 음식 (eumsik)
  • Rice = 밥 (bap)
  • Vegetables = 야채 (yachae)
  • Meat = 고기 (gogi)
  • Seafood = 해산물 (haesanmul)
  • Soy sauce = 간장 (ganjang)
  • Soup = 국 (guk)
  • Dumplings = 만두 (mandu)
  • Chopsticks = 젓가락 (jeotgarag)
  • Noodles = 국수 (gugsu)

Do you know any Korean words? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your 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 wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Eight Cuisines of China

In the US, we typically know only one type of Chinese food; there are a few standard dishes served at most Chinese restaurants across the country. However, in China itself, the cuisine is much more diverse and based on regions. They classify their food into eight types: Sichuan, Shandong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Guangdong, Anhui, Fujian, and Hunan.

Sichuan

Sichuan cuisine is not for the faint of heart. These dishes often feature peppercorns, which causes the mouth to feel tingly or numb. Peppercorns, chili peppers, and garlic are paired with chicken or tofu, or mixed into a flavorful broth for hot pot. Sichuan locals are used to this level of heat in their food, but if you are not, then we recommend having a cold drink on hand to put the fire out in your mouth.

Shandong

This type of cuisine comes from Shandong Province, located on the northeastern coast of China. Their dishes mainly feature fresh seafood due to the region’s proximity to the ocean. No matter the dish, cooks making Shandong cuisine focus on emphasizing the fresh taste and appearance of the seafood and vegetables they use.

Zhejiang

Zhejiang cuisine is great for those who prefer more mild flavors in their food. Fried seafood of all kinds often take center stage in Zhejiang dishes, as locals love the crispy texture and savory taste. Though it is fried, it is not greasy; it retains a delicate, luxurious mouth feel. We recommend trying this cuisine throughout the year since the ingredients used change depending on the season.

Jiangsu

Jiangsu cuisine is as beautiful as it is delicious. These dishes are made with a wide variety of vegetables and meats, and are cooked in a way that allows the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine without the addition of too many seasonings or spices. If you are looking for an introduction to Jiangsu cuisine, we recommend starting with meatballs.

Guangdong

Also known as Cantonese cuisine, Guangdong cuisine is absolutely exquisite. These dishes are light, fresh, and diverse. Unlike Sichuan cuisine, Guangdong food does not use many spices or chili peppers, so you can easily taste the natural flavor of the ingredients. The most iconic Cantonese food served not just in this region but also around the world is Dim Sum.

Anhui

This cuisine comes from Anhui Province, a region of China known for its majestic mountains. Anhui dishes primarily feature ingredients found in the mountains, such as mushrooms, wild plants, and frogs. Salted meats and flavorful stews are especially popular with locals from this region. People looking for hearty, healthy food will surely love Anhui cuisine.

Fujian

“Buddha Jumps Over The Wall” is a dish that perfectly represents Fujian cuisine. Various seafoods are simmered for 10 hours in a spiced broth, then served in a clear soup. A poet once wrote that this meal is so delicious that even Buddha would jump over a wall to eat it. Many other Fujian dishes also include all kinds of fresh seafood and soups that are spiced, but not so spicy that they overwhelm the flavor of the solid ingredients.

Hunan

Is Sichuan food not spicy enough for you? Try Hunan cuisine. Their dishes are just as loaded with spice and chili peppers, but without the peppercorns to numb your mouth. The result is an explosion of heat and sourness that is unique to Hunan cuisine. It is not to be missed if you have the opportunity to try it.

Which of the eight cuisines of China would you like to try first?

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your 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 wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

WN Foods Sauces in Marinades

With the right ingredients and enough time, marinades are an easy way to add flavor and moisture to your meals. Here are some marinades you can create with WN Foods sauces!

Soy Garlic Marinade

Marinating meats doesn’t have to be complicated. Soy sauce is the base for many simple marinades like this soy garlic marinade, which only requires 4 basic ingredients that combine to form an explosion of flavor for your steak of choice!

Spicy Mustard Marinade

Using spicy mustard in a marinade is a sure way to add some heat to a bland piece of meat. However, many people find the taste to be too strong, so they often pair it with ingredients like honey to balance it out. If you would like to try it yourself, check out this spicy mustard marinade!

Honey Sriracha Marinade

Our Sriracha sauce in squeeze bottles makes it easy to simply cover your dishes in this delicious hot sauce, but did you know that sriracha is also great in marinades like this honey sriracha marinade? The heat is more subtle and even when mixed with other ingredients like honey and soy sauce.

Which marinade would you like to try first? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your 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 wingnienfoods@gmail.com.