Cooking With Beverages

Today we’re cooking with beverages! No, not just milk or water. Let’s learn about the interesting ways we can use drinks in the kitchen.

Beer

Not so fast! Before you down that beer, consider using it in your dinner. There are so many different types of beer in the world, and each one lends a unique flavor to your food. However, beer is generally known to add an earthy, hearty flavor to dishes. Try it in a batter or a glaze!

Soda

Soda isn’t just good for refreshing you on a hot day, it’s also an amazing ingredient. Yes, even in savory recipes! Marinate beef kabobs in Mountain Dew for a fresh, tangy flavor. Make a thick, sweet BBQ sauce from scratch with cola. It sounds strange, but we think you’ll love it.

Wine

Got some leftover wine from your last dinner party? Using wine in a recipe is a great way to quickly add some rich flavors to the dish or to enhance the dish’s existing flavor. With Chianti, a simple bolognese sauce becomes a delicious culinary adventure. A bland cut of chicken braised in white wine becomes juicy, tender, and flavorful. Give it a try!

Have you used any of these drinks in your cooking? 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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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.

Thai Sauces

There are thousands of Thai restaurants in the USA, but not many Thai sauces are regularly found in American households. We would like to change that by introducing our readers to some delicious sauces and condiments found in Thai cuisine and explaining why you should incorporate them into your home cooking!

Thai Peanut Sauce

As the name says, Thai peanut sauce is a peanut-based sauce with several herbs and spices, including coconut milk, tamarind, soy sauce, and garlic. This sauce is often served with satay or salad, but one WN Foods customer uses it to make Thai-inspired pizza. Its peanut flavor is approachable for people of all tastes, so give it a try!

Sweet Chili Sauce

This versatile sauce is made with red chile peppers and vinegar and can be served with anything from spring rolls, chicken, and seafood. If you’re a fan of Sriracha, we think you might love sweet chili sauce as well. Check it out!

Thai Curry Sauce

Don’t get this confused with Indian or Japanese curry! Thai curry has its own unique flavor thanks to its mix of curry paste, coconut milk, and choice of protein (seafood, meat, or tofu). This delectable sauce is sure to be a treat for your tastebuds.

Nam Phrik Ong

This Thai sauce is a perfect companion for fresh vegetables. Nam Phrik Ong is made of ground pork, chili paste, tomato, and sometimes shrimp paste. It may sound like a bit of a strange combination to Thai food newbies, but trust us when we say that it is amazing!

Thai Fish Sauce

Thai fish sauce or Nam Pla is a Thai food essential. The most basic version is just fermented fish and salt, but it is often mixed with other ingredients, like spices or chili paste. Try it as a marinade, dipping sauce, or in a stew!

Which Thai sauce 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.

3 Hot Sauces You May Not Know

In the US, we always hear about the same hot sauces: tabasco, sriracha, and cholula. They’re great and all, but what about the world of other hot sauces out there? Let’s take a look at 3 lesser known but equally amazing hot sauces.

#1: Harissa

Harissa is a North African hot sauce made with several different peppers, garlic paste, herbs, and vegetable oil. Like sriracha, it can be paired with almost anything: meats, veggies, bread… if you need to crank up the heat, look no further than harissa!

#2: Aji

Aji’s green color may throw you off, but don’t be fooled- this Peruvian sauce definitely packs a punch. It is most often used with meat, but also makes a great dipping sauce. If you’re looking to try something new in the kitchen, we recommend aji sauce!

#3: Sambal

Sambal is an Indonesian hot sauce made with chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, vinegar, and a variety of other spices and juices. It sports a unique texture and a wonderfully complex flavor that pairs well with meat, fish, and vegetables alike. Next time you find yourself reaching for the same old hot sauce, try sambal instead!

Which of these 3 hot sauces would you like to 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.

Beyond KBBQ: Common Korean Foods

Korean Food

Korean BBQ has taken the US by storm, and for good reason: it’s amazing! However, there’s a whole world of Korean food outside of BBQ. Let’s learn about some common Korean dishes!

Bibimbap

Bibimbap is a simple but delicious meal: white rice topped with sautéed vegetables, fried egg, and gochujang. It’s colorful, healthy, and contains a wide variety of different flavors to dazzle your tastebuds!

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki are Korean spicy rice cakes. The soft, chewy texture pairs well with the heat of the chilis in the sauce. Make sure you have some water on hand when you eat this one!

Jjajangmyeon

Jjajangmyeon is another classic Korean favorite. It’s noodles topped with black bean sauce, pork, and zucchini. This one is sure to satisfy even the biggest of appetites!

Budae jjigae

Budae jjigae, or “army stew,” is a Korean hot pot dish with spicy chili broth, ramen noodles, Spam, sausage, tofu, kimchi, mushrooms, onions, and cheese. It’s a hearty stew meant to fill you up and keep you warm.

Mandu

Mandu are similar to gyoza and potstickers: tender dough wrapped around a meat or vegetable filling, dipped in a dipping sauce. This dish makes a great appetizer.

Have you tried any of these Korean foods 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.

Ramen vs Pho

If you live in the USA, you know how popular ramen and pho are. People have gone absolutely nuts over these noodle soups, and for good reason! Both are amazing, but they’re definitely not the same dish! Let’s take a look at the ways these dishes differ, and what really makes them irresistible.

Origins

Pho is 100% Vietnamese, but the origin of ramen is a bit more uncertain. Many believe that it actually came from China, but spread to Japan and then evolved into a totally different dish as the Japanese adapted it to local tastes. Wherever it’s from, we’re just glad it exists now!

Broth

There’s no one standard type of ramen broth as each region of Japan has its own special version of ramen. However, most ramen broths in the USA are thick and made with miso paste or pork stock.

Pho broth is more uniform; it’s most often clear and made with more spices, such as star anise and coriander seeds.

Noodles

Pho uses Banh Pho, a type of flat rice noodle. These are much more delicate than ramen noodles, which are thicker and made with wheat, making them nice and chewy. Both types of noodles are perfect pairings for the textures of their respective broths.

Toppings

Ramen is often served with chashu pork, soft boiled eggs, spring onions, and bean sprouts. Pho’s typical toppings are completely different; they generally include basil, onions, peppers, lime, and cilantro. These create very distinct flavors for both dishes, but both are equally tasty!

Which one do you prefer, ramen or pho? Are they any great ramen or pho restaurants where you live? Let us know in the comments!

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.

Types of Ramen Broth

WN Ramen

WN Foods just released a Miso Ramen Base that you mix with water to create a delicious broth, and we’re working to create more flavors in the future. Let’s take a look at miso ramen broth and a few of our other options!

Miso

As it says in the name, miso ramen broth is made with miso, a fermented Japanese soy paste. The rich umami (savory) flavor of this broth pairs well with any topping you can think of! It’s a great option for warming yourself up on cold days.

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu broth is made with pork bones. It’s often creamy, full of complex flavors, and very filling. Toppings like fish cakes and eggs really soak up the prominent taste of the broth. Doesn’t it make you hungry?

Shoyu

Soy sauce is the most important player in shoyu ramen broth. It sounds simple, but together with the chicken stock, ginger, and kombu, it creates a symphony of various different delicious flavors. We can’t wait to make this one for our wonderful customers!

Shio

Shio ramen gets its taste simply from salt. It’s a clear, light broth that is great for ramen newbies and veterans alike. Its straightforward but tasteful flavor makes it easy to pair with all your favorite toppings!

Have you tried any of these ramen broths before? Which type of 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.