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.

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.

Chinese Food Vocabulary

Chinese Food Vocabulary

In honor of our bilingual staff here at WN Foods, let’s learn some Chinese food vocabulary in Mandarin!

  • Soy sauce = 酱油 (jiàngyóu)
  • Rice = 饭 (fàn)
  • Noodles = 面 (miàn)
  • Meat = 肉 (ròu)
  • Vegetables = 菜 (cài)
  • Dumplings = 饺子 (jiǎozi)
  • Soup = 汤 (tāng)
  • Chopsticks = 筷子 (kuàizi)
  • To eat = 吃 (chī)
  • To drink = 喝 (hē)

What’s your favorite Mandarin food word? Let us know!

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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.

Dipping Sauces of the World

Dipping Sauces of the World

Here at WN Foods, we believe that life is more beautiful with dipping sauces. Plain old chips or bland fries can be completely transformed with the right one. That must be why so many cultures around the world have their own. Let’s take a look at a few of the world’s dipping sauces!

Ponzu Sauce

This Japanese sauce is simple, but extremely flavorful and versatile. Soy sauce and lemon juice aren’t a combination we’re used to in the US, but believe us when we say that it’s amazing, and pairs well with everything from gyoza to shabu shabu.

Curry Ketchup

Curry ketchup is a spiced ketchup popular all around Europe, but especially Germany. It’s typically served with fries or meat, and is a hit because of its complex but approachable flavor. If you’re bored of plain old ketchup, definitely give this one a try!

Lingonberry Sauce

You may know this sauce from a certain Swedish furniture chain. Lingonberry sauce is a tart dipping sauce from Sweden, often paired with meatballs. We know it sounds like an unusual flavor combination, but it’s really delicious!

Tahini

This dipping sauce is popular worldwide, from the Mediterranean to the Middle East. It’s made of ground sesame seeds and is served with anything from falafel to raw vegetable slices. What would you eat tahini sauce with?

Sweet & Sour Sauce

Sweet & sour sauce is an iconic Chinese condiment, usually used with chicken or as a dipping sauce for egg rolls. We can’t get enough of the rich, tangy flavor. That’s why we started selling our sweet & sour sauce in bottles in our online store!

Have you tried any of these dipping sauce before? Which one 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.

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.

You don’t have to eat meat to enjoy WN Foods products!

WN FoodsVegetarian Recipes

This one is for our vegetarian friends looking for ways to use our Double Hi sauces. We’ve got you covered! These recipes can be used as-is or modified to include your favorite veggies and plant-based proteins. The possibilities are endless. Let’s get started!

Vegetable Egg Rolls (from Curious Cuisiniere)

Veggie egg rolls

The aroma drifting from your oven as you bake these vegetable egg rolls will enchant you. As you dip the egg rolls in our Double Hi Sweet & Sour Sauce, the tangy taste and smooth texture will delight you. This is a perfect vegetarian family meal, packed to the brim with flavor!

Thai Stir-Fried Noodles (from The Spruce)

Veggie noodles

Savory, citrus, and spice all come together in one pan to form a symphony of deliciously complex flavors. This dish is sure to entertain your tastebuds. Try it with our Double Hi Soy Sauce!

Vegetarian Potstickers (from Genius Kitchen)

Veggie potstickers

Is there anything better than biting into a warm, steaming dumpling on a cold day? These vegetarian potstickers are just as juicy and satisfying as their meaty counterparts, and they’re even better when dipped in our Double Hi Potsticker Sauce!

Spicy Green Beans (from Allrecipes)

Veggie beans

Getting bored of your regular side dishes? Kick them up a notch! Try these green beans with our Double Hi Chinese Mustard Sauce. Your guests will thank you, and your sinuses will be cleared!

Ready to try these recipes? Let us know if you enjoyed them 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.