Little Soya Has Style!

Danny Nguyen is a local Houston fashion designer, and Little Soya will be attending his show tomorrow night at Momentum BMW Southwest! We love supporting and collaborating with local artists.

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We had so much fun working with Danny’s brother, David, creating our short film “The Five Deadly Chefs” and we attend Danny’s shows every year!

There are still tickets available for purchase to the DANNY NGUYEN COUTURE showing of his new Spring/Summer 2013 line, they can be purchase using THIS LINK.

Check out this video of his Fall/Winter line from 2012! This is one event you won’t want to miss!

 

 

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Proceeds from the event will benefit Abandoned Little Angels, a great organization that provides assistance
to destitute children with physical and mental disabilities that have been abandoned to the streets.

  • Did you know that 10 American cents can buy a child three meals a day?
  • 30 cents can help pay for a child’s clothes, tuition and school supplies.
  • $10.00 per month can help pay for a child’s living expenses, tuition, and school supplies for an entire year.

Let’s get involved. Your contribution means a lot to our abandoned children.

Steak Marinade featuring our CEO!

NEW RECIPE //  “Super Secret Quick & Easy Steak Marinade, by our CEO Gary T Murphy” (and yes, it’s Gluten Free)
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Our CEO is giving us his original quick and easy steak marinade & tenderizer for your yummy Memorial Day steaks!  (Can be used for chicken, fish and other meats, just cut out the meat tenderizer… Pour on your ice cream if your brave)

 

WARNING: This recipe is very addictive & has caused some to give up all other marinades (even their great-grandma’s 110 year old family recipe).

 

If our CEO had it his way, all below ingredients would be Little Soya… But, he’s sharing this recipe for the first time with our fans at home a mightily delicious secret recipe that he makes up for his own steaks & beef!

 

Use less or more of ingredients depending on your personal tastes

 

So… “Enjoya Little Soya!”

 

TIPS:
You will slather up steaks 2-3 hours BEFORE COOKING to properly marinate & tenderize (and lightly coat steaks once or twice while cooking, and as soon as off the grill or out of oven. If you have more time to wait, marinate 3-24 hours before cooking).

 

Steak Marinade featuring Little Soya!
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Recipe type: Grillin'
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Serves: 3-4
 
The most delicious Steak Marinade EVER!
Ingredients
  • 1 Pack Little Soya (12 soy fish units)
  • 2-3 Teaspoons Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 2-3 Teaspoons Meat Tenderizer
  • ½ C. Honey
  • ½ C. Butter
  • 1 Lemon
  • Bonus Ingredient: ¾ C. Bravado Spice brand Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce
Instructions
  1. MIX ‘em – mix all above ingredients in a mixing bowl (yes, all of them – then place in microwave 45 seconds to melt… Or on stove if opposed to microwave).
  2. STACK ‘em – stack up your steaks on a plate in preparation for the coating of goodness. Gently rinse steaks under cold water to clean off each side. Towel dry.
  3. THE LATHERING – with spoon or brush, lather up each side of your steak with above concoction (coating top to bottom – use your hands & fingers to really get in touch with the meat).
  4. THE SPRINKLING – For good measure, sprinkle on a dash or two of Tony Chachere, the pepper (if peppercorn, rub some in with hands) and several sprinkles of meat tenderizer onto steak.
  5. FORKING – The fun part is tenderizing — fork your steak to help tenderizing process. Use dinner fork to poke each side of steak about 25 times to really let the juice trickle inside.
  6. FLIP STEAK & REPEAT steps 3-5 above.
  7. STACK N WRAP – put all steaks on one plate and wrap w Saran Wrap – stick in fridge – have a few beers and be patient about 2-3 hours while my concoction goes to work (or drink apple juice if under 21).
  8. COOK ‘em! – After they marinate in the magic juice - grill, pan or oven cook. Save any left over juice to lather on while steaks are cooking.
  9. WHEN COOKED – When steaks are done – lightly coat once more before serving.
  10. BONUS TIP – If cooking steaks in oven, cook on each side about 10 min on Broil (high heat). Drink at least 1 good beer or glass red wine per side of steak while its cooking.

 

You can find Bravado Spice’s awesome all natural products here! Support local (delicious) businesses like Little Soya!

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Little Soya Steak Marinade
Photo Credit www.SeriousEats.com

 

Little Soya and Yelp! Spring Break (don’t worry, it’s safe for work!)

 

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Crystal of #TeamLittleSoya attended Yelp! Spring Break last week to represent Little Soya, Nawlin’s Style!

On Thursday, she arrived at the Indulge grill where Little Soya samples were added to the Yelp Swag Bags for the Welcome Party.  The event later that night was “Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Madonna” Bash at Fountainbleau Room, and in appropriate theme, everyone was dressed up as one of the aforementioned characters.

On Friday, May 10th was the big block party which was supposed to be held outdoors on Fulton street. Due to the rain everything was moved inside, however the event still had a great turn out. Our booth was right next to the Besh Steakhouse booth who were making delicious shrimp rings. There was also Jambalaya from The Buffet at the Harrah’s casino, fresh boiled crawfish and much, much more. One exciting part of the evening was watching the “Disco Amigos” who literally line disco line danced all night. Many people were asking where they could find Little Soya, and we promptly told them to check their local World Market store.

Both Besh Steakhouse and the Buffet at Harrah’s casino took samples of Little Soya to try out in their restaurants!
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On Saturday we went on a swamp tour and watched the captain feed live Alligators. We also got to hold a baby alligator ourselves! We spent the majority of this day handing out samples of Little Soya at the various Yelp events around town, including a bar brawl on St. Claude. We also stopped into Root Restaurant and told them about our the new 5 Gallon containers. They are planning on opening a new restaurant called Square Root and are very interested in using Little Soya in the future.

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All in all, it was great trip and a good introduction into the New Orleans market.

Mothers Day!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and even though we all know it happens every year on the same day, many of us find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to think of the perfect Mother’s Day for our moms. Well, look no further! Here is a super easy stir fry recipe, featuring Little Soya, of course. Make dinner for the mom in your life, in under 30 minutes! Don’t forget the flowers!

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Carnations are a traditional Mother’s Day flower in China.

 

Korean Beef Stir Fry
Cuisine: Korean
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoon(s) mirin
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Little Soya
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 8 ounce(s) flank steak, trimmed of fat and very thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped jalapeño pepper, or to taste
  • 1½ teaspoon(s) chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cup(s) mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup(s) baby spinach
  • ¼ cup(s) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon(s) toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) toasted sesame seeds , optional
Instructions
  1. Combine mirin, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread steak out in the pan and cook until seared on one side, about 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeño, and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bean sprouts and spinach (the pan will be very full). Pour the mirin mixture into the pan and stir gently until the sauce thickens and the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro and sesame oil. Serve topped with sesame seeds (if using).

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo from #TeamLittleSoya!

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

Surprisingly, Soy Sauce is a common ingredient in Tex Mex cuisine, perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo this Sunday!

 

Michelada!

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INGREDIENTS
  • Salt, for rimming the glasses
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 2 medium limes), rinds reserved
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 cups light Mexican beer, such as Corona
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon Maggi or soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for garnish

Steak Fajitas!

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Steak Fajitas

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pounds sirloin or flank steak
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

Mix together first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Place steak in a second, glass bowl. Reserve ¼ cup of marinade, and pour remaining amount over steak. Cover, and marinate in refrigerator overnight. Drain meat, and slice into thin strips. Stir-fry meat, peppers, and onion in a skillet over medium-high heat until meat is done. Add reserved marinade as needed to prevent sticking. Serve with warmed flour tortillas.

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Little Soya & Menu of Menus

Little Soya was excited to participate in the Houston Press Menu of Menus event this past week, we had so much fun! There were many local restaurants participating as well as local and national spirits and beers. We really enjoyed telling all the attendees what makes Little Soya so special, and hearing from customers who are already loyal fans! It was also great to see so many other Houston Restaurants and Vendors getting to interact directly with consumers — really shows us just what a great community we have here in Houston! We are excited to participate again next year.

Thanks Team Houston Press for a very productive and awesome event!

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Little Soya is Gettin’ Around!

Houston is such a large city and there is always something going on! Little Soya is participating in a few upcoming local events and wanted to make sure you look for us! We are always excited to meet Little Soya fans and would love for you to take a few minutes to come by and say hello!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently planning an annual food event in 2013 to bring the community together for one of the most unique and delicious events the city has ever seen.

Introducing The Big Taste of Houston – an eclectic evening that pits the city’s finest chefs against each other in the comfort of the Corinthian in downtown Houston.  The Big Taste Of Houston is taking place on April 21st from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at The Corinthian at 202 Fannin St. in Houston. You will find Little Soya samples floating around the event so be sure to post pictures of your swag on Facebook and Twitter!

The second event we are making an appearance at is the Mom Expo of Houston!  We will be there painting faces! The tradeshow will be held at the Berry Center in North Houston, and will feature exhibitors with special interest items particularly for women, moms of young children, and kids from newborns to school age, with educational content, demonstrations, play zones, music, entertainment and more!  The Expo is taking place April 26th from 10:00am to 3:00pm and April 27th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at The Berry Center.

The third local event coming up is the Houston Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is taking place on May 4th from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Allen’s Landing in Downtown Houston.

You can expect over 30 teams racing throughout the day with colorful cultural performances, educational cultural booths, delicious cuisine, and fun games for kids and adults alike. The LIttle Soya team will be on site handing out samples and we would love to meet you!
If you attend any of these events and happen to see us around, we would love to hear about it! Send us a tweet or tag us on Facebook! Hope to see you soon!

Top Chefs Choose Little Soya #1 in Blind Soy Sauce Taste Tests

              We are no longer just the cute, convenient and single-use soy sauce company… we are now being chosen #1 in blind taste tests by chefs all across the country for our taste, flavor and quality.  For example, Uchi Restaurants in Houston and Austin performed a blind taste of our soy sauce against 2 other national brands — we were chosen #1 by their 4 top chefs in Houston and a 2nd blind taste test was performed at their Austin location where we were also chosen #1 by their 4 top chefs!  8 out of 8 Uchi chefs chose Little Soya hands down as the best tasting soy sauce!  Likewise, Chef Ryen Idica, the head chef at the beautiful sushi restaurant, Hachi, located inside Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas recently said about Little Soya, “In my 16 years of being a chef, Little Soya is the best tasting soy sauce I have ever tasted, and there are over 200 brands in the world. Further, I think Little Soya is 10 times better than any other soy sauce out there.”

           So if this is not enough reason to choose Little Soya next time you go to the store or buy online, we’re not sure what will change your mind!

Try Uchi!  www.UchiRestaurants.com

Try Hachi!  www.redrock.sclv.com/Dining/Hach

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     Uchi Restaurant in Houston, Texas – Rated as “One of the 13 Best Restaurants in America” by GQ Magazine and rated “Best Sushi in America” by Bon Appetit magazine [Picture courtesy Bon Appetit Magazine — Uchi restaurant in Houston, TX (Photograph courtesy Uchi)]

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Hachi Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada – One of our best clients in LV!

photoUchi Restaurants Executive Chef, Philip Speer and other top chefs performing a blind soy sauce tasting of Little Soya. We were chosen #1 by 8 out of 8 of their top chefs!

Behind Closed Doors with Murphy and Lee!

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           After years of being asked every question in the book about sales, marketing, branding and general business questions, we decided it was time to launch our own weekly radio show — may we present to you, “Behind Closed Doors – with Murphy & Lee!”.

           This weekly broadcast is dedicated to answering all your entrepreneurial questions on sales, marketing, networking & everything to do with being an expert in your own industry — along with the tips n tricks of making your business grow & thrive!

           The show is hosted by our founder & CEO, Gary T. Murphy and by our master of marketing and VP of Global Accounts, Crystal Lee.  Broadcast airs LIVE every Thursday from 12p-1p CST on www.LocalLiveRadio.com

 Click here for archives of the show!  http://locallivehouston.com/archives/behindthescenes/

Ello Mates and Birdies!

             Little Soya reporting back to the U.S after an eye opening trip from China, Norway, Holland and England! CEO Gary Murphy and VP of Global Accounts Crystal Lee took on this trip to meet potential clients and some of the top food service distributors in London, Oslo and Rotterdam. Our Little Soya 8 ml fishes you are familiar with have been swimming around Europe! This trip has made a golden gate way for our latest Little Soya’s 5 gallon container of premium gluten-free soy sauce. The European market is very accepting of Little Soya and gluten-free awareness has been on the rise.

             Norway in particular has become a great market for us! You can find Little Soya in much of the pre-packaged sushi sold in stores. We are huge in Norway and we are the only gluten-free, non GMO and less sodium soy sauce prepackaged in cute individual fishes. Little Soya will gradually grow throughout the European markets and restaurants while continuing global expansion.

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Notice Little Soya on the left in this pre-packaged sushi in Oslo, Norway.

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Crystal Lee and CEO Gary Murphy at one of the largest ports in the world- Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Crystal Lee sight seeing with Little Soya!

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Oh wow, you can barely notice our CEO Gary!