Chinese Cooking Methods

Here at WN Foods, Chinese food is one of our all time favorite cuisines. While we love takeout like so many others in the USA, we also love homemade Chinese food. However, we’ve noticed that many people are hesitant to cook it at home. We promise that it isn’t as complicated as it seems! Today, let’s take a look at common Chinese cooking techniques and how to use them in your home kitchen.

Stir Frying

Stir frying is one of the most common techniques in Chinese cooking. It may have even originated in ancient China! This cooking method is known for being fast; it involves heating a pan and stirring ingredients in hot oil until cooked. Almost any ingredient you can imagine can be stir fried, but most recipes include some type of meat or seafood, chopped vegetables, and either rice or noodles. Many Chinese cooks stir fry food in a wok over a fire, but you can use this technique at home with a stove and a pan.

Red Cooking

Chinese red cooking takes longer than stir frying, but trust us when we say that the wait is worth it! Red cooking is a particular type of braising where ingredients are first sauteed at a high temperature, then slowly cooked in a mixture of soy sauce, star anise, and rice wine until the food is coated in a sweet, luxurious glaze. Duck and pork belly are most commonly prepared using this technique, but we recommend also trying it at home with tofu or your fish of choice. This Chinese cooking method doesn’t require any special equipment, so it can be done easily at home.

Steaming

Steaming is a versatile cooking technique used in Chinese dishes of all kinds. The most traditional form of steaming uses bamboo steamer baskets, which allow cooks to utilize steam from hot water to cook ingredients and also to quickly and easily serve the finished meal. Steaming creates tender, juicy dishes like soup dumplings, aromatic whole fish, and sweet buns. If you live near an Asian grocery store or can order from online shops, you can purchase bamboo baskets and use them on your stove. If you don’t have access to bamboo baskets, you can still steam food in a metal pot or even a microwave.

Roasting

Roast meats are a staple of Chinese cooking. This method uses dry heat, as in a fire or oven heat with no water, oil, or other cooking liquid. Roasted foods often end up having an irresistible golden brown finish without losing any of the tasty juices on the inside. Roast duck is the most famous roasted Chinese dish (which is why you might see them hanging from restaurant windows in Chinatown), but you can also roast flavorful pork belly or chicken. You can easily roast meals at home as long as you have an oven and some spice!

Boiling

Chinese food doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Boiling is a perfect demonstration of how you can have an amazing feast without having many technical skills. The most difficult part of Chinese hot pot is creating the broth, which really only requires stewing a few aromatics for enough time. Once the broth is ready, any number of meats and vegetables can be chopped and cooked quickly by boiling them. Though you can do this with a stovetop pot, many families make this a shared experience by using a portable stove and placing the hot pot directly on the table.

What are your favorite cooking techniques? Which dishes would you like to cook with these methods? 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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One Pan Recipes

Whether you are cooking for yourself or an entire family, cooking can sometimes be such a chore. Make things easier on yourself with these one pan recipes using WN Foods sauces!

Sriracha Chicken & Veggies

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Looking for a balanced meal that can be made quickly and easily? Try this one pan sriracha veggie dish! It offers the perfect amount of heat and sweetness to compliment the juicy chicken and fresh vegetables, and you only have to use one pan, so cleaning up the kitchen after dinner will be nice and easy. We think it tastes great with steamed rice on the side, but eat it as you like.

Honey Garlic Salmon

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Many people think that cooking fish at home is too difficult due to the intensive preparation process, but with this honey garlic salmon recipe using pre-cut salmon fillets, making a delicious and nutritious fish dish is a breeze. This meal can be enjoyed with a simple side dish like rice or green beans, or it can be eaten by itself like the crown jewel it is!

Sweet & Sour Chicken

This one pan sweet & sour chicken recipe is already easy as pie to make, but you can save even more time by making it with our Longevity Sweet & Sour Sauce so that you don’t have to mix the delicious sweet & sour sauce yourself! Though the recipe suggests using snow peas and carrots, you can use any of your favorite vegetables. We personally love adding in some broccoli, green beans, and bell peppers.

Frozen Potstickers

These are more like instructions than a recipe, but did you know that you only need one pan to heat up frozen potstickers? Using a method called steam frying (covering a pan of frozen potstickers, water, and oil till they are both steamed on the top and fried crispy on the bottom), you can make frozen potstickers taste as good as new! This one is especially good for families that make potstickers in bulk and freeze them for future meals.

Fried Rice

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Takeout fried rice is one of the most beloved fast Chinese foods in the country. What fans of this dish may not know is that can be made with one pan at home with this convenient recipe! Like the previously mentioned sweet & sour chicken recipe, you can also add any of your preferred vegetables to this fried rice dish. Enjoy!

What are your favorite one pan recipes? 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.

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.

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.

Meal Prep With WN Foods

Have you heard of meal prepping? Many people meal prep, or prepare meals in bulk ahead of time in order to save time, save money, and ensure that they eat proper portions for each meal. Here are some easy and delicious meal prep recipe using WN Foods sauces!

Teriyaki Chicken

This teriyaki chicken meal prep recipe from Tasty is balanced and sure to be a crowd pleaser even for picky eaters. With our Double Hi Soy Sauce, the sweet and savory teriyaki sauce comes together quickly, making this meal flavorful and extremely easy to prepare in bulk. Give it a try!

Mason Jar Miso Ramen

If you modify this recipe from Serious Eats a bit to incorporate our Longevity Miso Ramen Base, meal prepping becomes even easier! You can customize the ramen to include any of your favorite meats, veggies, or other toppings. Its mason jar packaging also makes it convenient to carry on the go.

Honey Sriracha Shrimp

Craving seafood? Try this meal prep recipe from The Fitchen with our Longevity Sriracha Sauce! The nutritious and tasty shrimp and veggies are easy to prepare, and are sure to brighten your day with a burst of flavor.

Which meal prep recipe will you 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.

A Day In The Life Of A WN Foods Sauce

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As you take your bite of sweet & sour chicken, you are greeted with a bright burst of flavor. The crispy, savory chicken works in perfect harmony with the smooth tanginess of our Longevity Sweet & Sour Sauce. You start to wonder how something so incredibly delicious came to be at your restaurant table.

Luckily, WN Foods is here to satisfy your curiosity! Let’s take a look at a day in life of our sauces.

Cooking

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Our sauce recipes are either from our clients or developed by our lab. Once we have a perfect recipe, our cooking department whips up the sauces with the finest ingredients and care, always following top safety standards. The cooking time varies depending on the sauce, but as soon as they’re ready, it’s time for the next step: quality assurance!

Quality Assurance

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Samples from each batch of sauce are taken and meticulously analyzed in our quality assurance lab to ensure they’re both safe and exactly as the client asked. They’re tested on things like pH, salt, Brix, water activity, viscosity, and others. If all the requirements are met, then it’s time for packing.

Packing

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The packing process at WN Foods is completely automated with cutting-edge technology so that our products will always be consistently packed and sealed. We pack sauces in bottles and portion packs (the packets you’re probably familiar with, like our Double Hi Soy Sauce packets). Our packing department also takes samples of each case to make sure that there are no defects. We want only the most flawless sauces for our customers!

Shipping

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We ship our sauces in carefully-wrapped cases out to a wide range of clients. Whether it’s restaurants, grocery stores, or other industrial food companies, we make sure their orders reach them quickly and safely.

Enjoy

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WN Foods’ sauces have now reached their final destination, where they are ready to be enjoyed by you!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey through our sauces’ life. Got more questions? Learned something new? Just want to chat about your favorite sauces? Let us know in the comments!

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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.

Calling All Meat Lovers!

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Got a carnivorous craving for chicken? Feeling peckish for pork? You’re in luck, because today on the blog we’re talking about meats to pair with our Double Hi sauces. Let’s dig in!

Sweet & Sour Chicken (From My Recipes)

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Mix our delightfully tangy Double Hi Sweet & Sour Sauce with crispy, savory chicken and your favorite vegetables to make this classic family favorite. Even the pickiest of eaters is sure to be pleased with this colorful and aromatic meal!

Beef Dumplings (From Omnivore’s Cookbook)

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Looking for an appetizer to impress your meat eating friends? These juicy beef dumplings are so satisfying, especially when dipped in our Double Hi Potsticker Sauce! Just be sure to cook plenty, as you won’t be eat just one.

Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken (From Budget Bytes)

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This ginger soy glazed chicken is sticky, rich, and every meat lover’s dream. With our Double Hi Soy Sauce, it makes a deliciously filling dish that your tastebuds will never forget! Try it now, and thank us later.

Hot Mustard Pork Pretzel Bao (From Serious Eats)

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Just imagine biting into a warm, freshly-baked pretzel bun. The soft bread, the tender pork, the spicy Double Hi Chinese Mustard fill your mouth with a sensation so pleasant that you’re lost for words. This is truly a recipe you need to try to believe!

So, are you salivating yet? Because we sure are. Which one of these recipes will your try first? Let us know in the comments!

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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.