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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Vietnamese Food

One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes in the US is Phở, but there are so many more delicious foods from Vietnam. Let’s learn about a few amazing dishes and how to cook them at home!

Phở

This Vietnamese soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods. With its flavorful broth, tender meat, and chewy rice noodles, it’s no wonder Phở is one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes! Making it at home is a long process, but the end results are worth it. Check out this recipe if you would like to try it yourself.

Bún chả

Bún chả uses the same tasty rice noodles as in Phở and pairs them with grilled pork and fresh herbs. It is also often served with a Nước chấm (a vinegar and fish sauce mix) dipping sauce. The fresh taste of the noodles with the tangy dipping sauce and delicious pork are an absolutely incredible combination! To make it at home, try this recipe.

Gỏi cuốn

Also known as Vietnamese spring rolls, Gỏi cuốn are rolls comprised of vegetables, pork, and prawns wrapped in Bánh tráng (rice paper). They are often served as an appetizer with a dipping sauce such as Hoisin sauce, peanut sauce, or Nước chấm. Try this recipe if you would like to make it at home!

Bánh mì

This Vietnamese sandwich uses French baguettes and native Vietnamese ingredients like Chả lụa (pork sausage), pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, and coriander. In Vietnam, Bánh mì is typically a snack or breakfast food, but it is eaten throughout the day in the US. Here is a great recipe to try in your home kitchen!

Bánh xèo

Bánh xèo is a crispy, savory pancake stuffed with a myriad of ingredients based on preference. It can be filled with any ingredient, but recipes commonly include shrimp, bean sprouts, onions, pork, and cucumbers. Give it a try at home with this recipe!

Bánh cuốn

This delicious Vietnamese dish begins with a thin rice batter that is steamed to form a wrapper. This wrapper encloses a simple but exquisite filling made from ground pork, wood ear mushrooms, and shallots. It is often topped with fried shallots and fresh herbs. Sound appetizing? Take a look at this recipe!

What’s your favorite Vietnamese dish? 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.

5 Food Trends For 2018

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One of the things we love most about being in the food industry is that it’s always evolving. Every year, we get to watch the way consumer tastes change and expand. Let’s see what foodie experts predict will be popular in 2018!

Alternative Milks

Trend milk

Because many consumers are switching to plant-based diets, alternative milks are set to be a major player in this year’s food scene. This includes more popular plant-based milks such as almond milk and coconut milk, but also lesser-known alternatives like hemp milk and flax milk.

Authentic Ethnic Cuisine

Trend ethnic

In 2017, consumers started cautiously venturing into ethnic foods. In 2018, they’ve fully embraced it and now they want the real deal, including authentic spices and condiments. Middle Eastern and Filipino foods will be especially trendy in restaurants.

Vegetable Carb Substitutes

Trend veggie

Americans are always looking for ways to reduce carbs, and thanks to machines like the spiralizer, they’re beginning to do this by eating vegetable noodles instead of traditional pasta. There are already some very impressive recipes available for this trend.

Fermented Foods

Trend ferment

Fermented foods used to be scary to the average person, but not anymore. Fermented ingredients like tempeh, kefir, and kimchi are predicted to be a 2018 “superfood”, especially among health food enthusiasts and consumers conscious of their gut health.

Sustainable Seafood

Trend fish

Seafood never really goes out of style, but this year, sustainable seafood is in the spotlight. Consumers want to enjoy the fruits of the ocean, but they also want to make sure we’re preserving its valuable resources.

Are you excited to try any of these 2018 food trends? 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.

Japanese Fish Tacos

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Feeling hungry after reading our ponzu sauce article? We recommend trying this healthy Japanese fish taco recipe from MyRecipes. Enjoy!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your gochujang 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.