Malaysian Food

The beautiful island nation of Malaysia has a diverse cuisine influenced by its equally varied population. Let’s have a look at some of its most famous dishes!

Sate

Sate (or Satay) is one of the most popular street foods in all of Malaysia. This skewered meat dish is often made on outdoor grills with chicken or beef, and it is usually served with a peanut dipping sauce. Locals love to meet up with friends to share a meal around the Sate cart.

Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee is a noodle dish widely adored in Malaysia and Singapore. The ingredients used vary by region, but common ingredients include soy sauce, prawns, cabbage, chicken, and oyster sauce. It is a filling dish that can be adapted to fit your tastes.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is so popular in Malaysia that it is considered the national dish. The main focus of the dish is the creamy steamed rice, which gets its rich taste from coconut cream. The foods served on the sides depend on where you get your Nasi Lemak, but they often include peanuts, anchovies, and cucumbers.

Laksa

There are many different types of Laksa, but at its base, this dish always has noodles and soup. Some favorites in Malaysia are Curry Laksa (noodles with a coconut-based curry soup), Nyonya Laksa (sweet and spicy noodle soup), and Asam Laksa (noodles with a fish-based broth). Try them all and see which one you like best!

Roti

Thanks to its large Indian population, Malaysia absolutely loves Roti (flat bread). It is often served with chili sauce, curry, and egg. There are also sweet variations with banana, condensed milk, or sugar.

Which Malaysian dishes have you tried? Which one 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.

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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.

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.

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.

Breakfast Foods Of The World

Every morning, people around the world sit down and eat the most important meal of the day: breakfast. However, breakfast meals differ greatly around the world. Americans love eating eggs for breakfast, but that would be unfathomable in some parts of Europe. Isn’t it interesting how different our tastes are? Let’s have a look at breakfast foods of the world.

North America

In the USA and Canada, the typical breakfast is comprised of eggs cooked to your preference, meat (usually bacon or sausage), toast, potatoes, and a bit of fruit on the side. Other popular choices include pancakes, oatmeal, and yogurt. It’s a filling meal meant to include lots of protein.

South America

Different South American countries have different preferred breakfast foods, but they’re all flavorful and nutritious. Some of the most popular dishes are arepas (corn cakes filled with savory fillings like cheese and pork), calentado (arepas with beans, rice, eggs, and meat), and medialunas (crescent rolls).

Europe

Europe also has varying breakfast preferences across the continent, from sweet to sour to savory. The French like fresh pastries and coffee, the Dutch eat bread with hagelslag (sweet sprinkles), and the Swedes love open-faced savory sandwiches. Breakfast dishes differ just as much as the wide variety of cultures and languages in Europe, but they all have their own unique charm.

Africa

Each African country has its favorite breakfast dish, but many of them have foods in common, like breads and porridges. People in Africa start their day with meals like chai and mandazi (sweet doughnut-like buns), akara (deep-fried spiced beans), and sweet pudding. These all seem so delicious, we can’t decide which one we like best!

Middle East

At Middle Eastern breakfast table, not only do you wake up, so do your tastebuds! Savory, delectable dishes like shakshouka (poached eggs in tomato chili sauce), ful medames (dried fava beans), and bread with zaatar (a powerful spice mixture) ensure that you’re nurtured and ready to tackle the day ahead of you.

Asia

It’s impossible to pinpoint one Asian breakfast food as there are so many beloved morning foods to choose from. China, Thailand, and Indonesia prefer congee (rice porridge). India likes hot breads, such as paratha and dosa. Japan loves rice, miso soup, and natto (fermented soybeans). The list goes on and on!

Oceania

Breakfast in Australia is similar to North American breakfasts, but it’s totally different in Polynesia. Popular breakfast meals include firi firi (coconut milk donuts), raw fish, and fresh fruit. In other words, they prefer foods that are both influenced by their ties to France, but also by which ingredients are readily available on the islands. Yum!

What do you eat for breakfast? 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.