Finger Foods of the World

There are so many different cuisines in the world, all with their own ingredients, flavors, and textures. However, if there is something they all have in common, it’s finger food. Nearly every country has its own type of finger food. Let’s have a look at a few of them!

Onigiri: Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball with a bit of seaweed at the bottom, allowing them to be held easily without dirtying your hand. They may be made with plain sticky rice or grilled rice with soy sauce, and filled with a variety of ingredients such as salmon, pickled plum, or cod roe.

Lumpia: Fans of Filipino food love lumpia, a fried egg roll eaten by hand and often dipped in sweet & sour sauce. One of the most popular varieties of this dish is Lumpiang Shanghai, which is filled with ground pork or beef, minced onion, carrots, and spices.

Samosa: Samosas are fried or baked shells filled with savory fillings like mashed potatoes, mixed spices, and peas. Though they are now popular finger foods all around the world, they are especially popular in India and Southeast Asia. Samosas are often served with seasoned rice and dipping sauce.

Dolma: One of the most common finger foods in the Mediterranean is the dolma, or grape leaves stuffed with vegetables such as tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini, eggplant, and garlic. This is quite a refreshing dish, especially when served with yogurt sauce and fresh, crunchy vegetables on the side.

Pasty: Some foodies in Europe may be familiar with pasties, a very common finger food in the UK. It is made by baking a flaky pastry dough around a filling. The filling is usually made with various meats and vegetables. A side dish is not necessary for this dish, as it’s quite a warm and hearty meal all on its own.

Bruschetta: Bruschetta is a simple but tasty finger food from Italy. At its base, bruschetta is a slice of bread topped with olive oil, basil, and tomatoes. Many cooks take it further and add other toppings such as ricotta, prosciutto, or mozzarella. The bread base makes it easy to pick up and munch on without a plate.

Coxinhas: One of Brazil’s most famous finger foods is the coxinha, or chicken croquette. These delicious croquettes are made by filling dough with spiced chicken meat and then frying it until it is crunchy and golden brown. Coxinhas can be served alone or with a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce.

Taquitos: Taquitos are a delicious finger food from Mexico. It is great for people who find tacos too messy, as it is made with basically the same ingredients, but rolled up. However, unlike tacos, taquitos are almost always fried and never soft. It can also be served with typical taco accompaniments like salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

Fritters: Fritters are eaten as finger foods in many countries around the world. One of the continents in which they can be found almost anywhere is Africa, where people make delicious fritters out of cassava, bananas, and black eyed peas. These fritters can be both sweet and savory depending on the ingredient fried.

Sliders: People living in the USA have many finger foods to choose from, but one very popular option is sliders, or mini burgers. Though most regular size burgers are also eaten by hand, sliders are made particularly small to make eating them even easier. They are often served on a platter with many other sliders so that an entire party can grab a bite.

What are your favorite finger foods? 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.

GIVEAWAY! Longevity Miso Ramen Base

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Want to try our Longevity Miso Ramen Base for free? Now is your chance! 
 
WN Foods is giving away prizes to 6 lucky winners! Each winner will get a bottle of our Longevity Miso Ramen Base. This product can be mixed with water to make restaurant-quality ramen broth at home.
 
To enter, simply head to our Facebook page and comment on the giveaway post by 10/10/18! See below for the rest of the rules.
  • Prize is one (1) 9.8oz squeeze bottle of Longevity Miso Ramen base
  • Open to the US only
  • Comment must be left on the official giveaway post on WN Foods’ Facebook page by 10/10
  • Must like WN Foods on Facebook page to enter
  • 1 comment per person allowed
  • Six (6) winners will be chosen through a random number generator
  • Entrants must be willing to provide their shipping address so that we may send them the prize
  • Shipping paid for by WN Foods

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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)

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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)

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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.

Curry galore!

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Just reading the word “curry” elicits sensations of spice and heavenly aromas. It’s a dish so widely adored that many countries have adopted it and adjusted it to local tastes. As a result, you can now treat your tastebuds to a wide range of unique curries. Let’s take a look at a few!

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Indian Curry

The origins of curry lie in India, where recipes vary heavily depending on the region. At its base, Indian curry is a luxurious, spicy sauce made of several spices such as turmeric, cilantro, and cumin. It’s a highly versatile condiment that can be put on meat, seafood, or vegetables and served with rice or bread. Each regional variation of Indian curry differs based on which types of ingredients are available in the area. This means you could travel all over India and try a different type of curry in every region!

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Thai Curry

Thai curry gets its distinct flavor from its use of fresh herbs, chili peppers, lemongrass, ginger, and shallots. It is often served with meat or seafood and a side of rice. However, there are many variations in ingredients, which is why red, green, and yellow curries all exist in Thai cuisine. Try them all and see which ones you like!

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Japanese Curry

Though it was brought over from abroad, curry has become so deeply ingrained in Japanese cuisine that the Japanese consider it a comfort food and eat it at least once a week! It is thicker and sweeter than its Indian counterpart, and almost always mixed with carrots, potatoes, onions, and meat. It is most commonly served with rice, but you can also find it inside fried bread buns or with udon noodles.

These are just a few of the curries you can find around the world. There are many many others, each with their own unique tastes and ingredients. Here at Wing Nien, we like them all so much that we can’t decide which one we like best! Which one is your favorite?

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 kkhov@wnfoods.com.

Ponzu

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Spring is here, the weather is starting to warm up, and you’ve craving something refreshing. What sauce do you turn to? Ponzu!

Ponzu is a light, tangy sauce made with yuzu, rice vinegar, rice wine, seaweed, and katsuobushi (bonito flakes). Its fresh and citrusy flavor makes it perfect for seafood, marinades, and salad dressings. It can also be combined with soy sauce to make ponzu shoyu, or made into a glaze (as pictured above).

Plus, ponzu is great for those watching their health! This zesty sauce is known for being low in sugar and saturated fats.

Ready to experience ponzu sauce for yourself? Fortunately, it has been steadily growing in popularity over the last few years, and can be found in many grocery stores around the US. It is now more easy than ever to stop by the supermarket and pick up some fresh fish with ponzu sauce. Enjoy!

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 kkhov@wnfoods.com.

Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

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Feeling hungry after reading our teriyaki sauce article? Did you know that our teriyaki sauce goes great with stir fry? We recommend trying it with this colorful recipe by Cafe Delites!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality teriyaki sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your teriyaki recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own teriyaki sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or kkhov@wnfoods.com.

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