Regional US Foods

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Here at the WN Foods blog, we’ve talked a lot about foods from different countries around the world, but we haven’t explored many American dishes. It’s time to shine a spotlight on a few regional US foods!

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago is famous for its deep dish pizza, which is made with a tall, flaky crust filled with a generous helping of cheese and chunky tomato sauce on top. The combination of the crunch of the golden crust with the hot, gooey cheese is heavenly. Some people make this dish even more luxurious by adding various meats, sauces, and vegetables.

Louisiana Gumbo

Though gumbo has roots in French and African cooking, it has evolved into a special dish loved especially by Louisianans. This dish is one of the most rich, flavorful soups thanks to it base, which is made by mixing roux, filé powder, and okra. Many different ingredients can be added to this base, but common ingredients include sausage, shrimp, and chicken.

New York Garbage Plate

Okay, we admit that the name isn’t very appetizing, but we and many native New Yorkers assure you that the Garbage Plate is absolutely delicious. To make this dish, just pile potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad, and your choice of meats (usually chili, hamburger meat, or sausage) on a big plate and enjoy. This definitely isn’t diet-friendly, but it sure is satisfying.

Maine Lobster Roll

Lobster rolls are simple, but they pack a flavorful punch. At its base, a lobster roll is just lobster meat in a bun. In Maine, the lobster meat is served cold and coated with mayo. The bun may be lightly buttered and toasted to add a bit of crunch to the mix. Other states in New England have their own variations of this dish as well.

Hawaii Loco Moco

Loco moco is one of the most quintessentially Hawaiian foods out there. To make this dish, top steamed white rice with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and gravy. Though this is the most basic form of loco moco, it can also be served with sides like macaroni salad, noodles, or fresh vegetables. We can just picture ourselves at a restaurant in Honolulu chowing down on loco moco now!

Which regional US dishes have you tried? Which ones would you like to taste 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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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.

Surprising Flavor Combinations

We know, these flavor combinations are weird, but don’t knock them till you try them!

Peanut & Meat

Fans of Thai food probably already know and love this flavor combination, but in case you haven’t tried it, peanut sauce is amazing with all kinds of meats. Satay (skewered grilled meat usually served with peanut sauce) is an awesome introduction to this unique mix of juicy, savory goodness with the distinct flavor of peanuts. Give it a try!

Fruit & Spice

Spiced fruits are extremely popular in Mexico and anywhere with a Mexican population, and for good reason. If you have never tried fruits with chili powder, you may not think this combination is appetizing, but trust us when we say that the fruity freshness mixed with the kick of spice from the chili is absolutely mindblowing. It’s also very easy to make at home as all you need is fresh fruit and chili powder.

Avocado & Chocolate

Avocado is traditionally associated with savory dishes, but did you know that it tastes amazing with chocolate? This is primarily because of its rich, creamy texture, which lends itself well to foods like chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream. Despite what you may think, the natural flavor of the avocado doesn’t overpower the chocolate at all. They work together in perfect harmony!

Cheese & Jam

Here in the USA, we often reserve cheese for either savory dishes or cream cheese, but we should really be eating it with jam more often. Soft, creamy cheeses like brie taste heavenly when piled on a crunchy cracker and topped with a flavorful jam. We recommend either regular fruit jams or the lesser known spicy chili jelly.

French Fries & Ice Cream

People who dip their french fries in their milkshakes at restaurants sometimes get weird looks, but we understand you. Many think that crunchy and salty fries would be gross when combined with sweet and creamy ice cream when they are actually an awesome combination, just like chocolate covered pretzels.

What’s your favorite flavor combination? Which one of these unusual combinations 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.

German Food

Here on the WN Foods blog, we have learned about many different types of Asian cuisines, but we haven’t explored many European dishes. Since it’s October, let’s take a look at food from Germany, the origin of the famous Oktoberfest!

Spätzle

Spätzle is a versatile staple of German food that some people call the German version of mac & cheese. It is made simply by boiling egg noodles, cooking it again in butter or milk, and then serving it with a side of choice. Spätzle is often paired with tender beef, wurst (which we will cover next), or on its own with a creamy sauce.

Wurst

When you hear the word “wurst”, you may think of a standard German sausage, but the truth is that no such thing exists. There are numerous different types of wurst, like currywurst, bratwurst, and paprikawurst, just to name a few. Each different type of wurst can be served with different sides, but the most common combination is with French fries or just by itself with German mustard as a dipping sauce.

Soft Pretzels

There’s nothing quite like biting into a warm German pretzel on a chilly Autumn day! These soft pretzels are salty, pillowy, and golden brown; they are absolutely perfect as a bar food or as a snack to warm you up from the inside. German pretzels are either served with mustard, curry ketchup, or butter. For the optimal German experience, wash it down with beer.

Rouladen

It seems that Germans love rolled food, because not only do they have rolled cakes, they also have a rolled meat dish called Rouladen. This meal is made by wrapping thin-cut beef around bacon, mustard, and onions. It can be served with potatoes on the side, but we think that Rouladen is filling enough on its own with some gravy on top.

Schnitzel

Like Americans with their chicken tenders and the Japanese with their katsu, the Germans have their own form of fried meat. This dish is called Schnitzel, and what sets it apart from the others is that it is pounded flat before being breaded and fried. A typical Schnitzel is served with mashed potatoes and German mustard.

What’s your favorite German dish? 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.

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.

Sweet Sauces

Here at WN Foods, we often focus on savory sauces. However, we have a sweet tooth too! Let’s learn about a few of our favorite sweet sauces.

Chocolate Sauce

You can’t go wrong with chocolate sauce! It goes well with almost every dessert imaginable: ice cream, cake, and many more. It also never gets boring since you can change the sauce by using different types of chocolate, like milk or dark chocolate. Did you know that we used to manufacture a chocolate sauce?

Vanilla Glaze

Vanilla glaze is another super versatile sweet sauce. We love to eat it with donuts, turnovers, and bundt cakes! Another great thing about vanilla glaze is that you can easily switch up the flavor by adding a side ingredient like citrus or coffee. Yum!

Caramel Sauce

Rich, sticky, and sweet caramel sauce is loved by many around the world. It can be made quickly with the most basic ingredients, and you can drizzle it over so many desserts. Try it with fruit, ice cream, or bread pudding. You won’t be disappointed!

Fruit Sauces

There are so many sweet and tangy fruit sauces out there. Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, or even a mix of them all are amazing with cheesecake, waffles, and pancakes! We probably use a little too much of this sauce at breakfast, but we just can’t get enough.

What’s your favorite sweet sauce? 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.