Wishing you a Happy New Year from Little Soya!

How are you ringing in the New Year? Whether it’s a fancy dinner or night out… make sure you guys have a great time but ultimately be safe:)

As for the Little Soya crew – we’ll be right there with you and Uchi restaurants sponsoring the coolest & biggest New Years party in Houston – Free Press Houston’s NYE bash!

With spectacular light shows, local food and Little Soya present… it will be a very memorable event to kick off the New Year!poster

Recipe idea for your Holiday Party

It’s the most delicious time of year and the most important ingredient of course… is all the amazing food! We found the perfect holiday recipe that your guests will absolutely love and want to come back for more! Our scrumptious Alaskan Crab Wontons with Little Soya will make your get-together all the more special.

Happy delicious holidays to you and your loved ones!

 

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Lbs. Alaska crab meat, flaked
1 Lbs. cream cheese
1/4 Cup green onion, sliced
2 Tsp. LITTLE SOYA soy sauce
1 Tsp. sesame oil
2 Ea. egg whites
1 Tbl. water
40 Ea. wonton wrappers

 

Preparation Steps:

Create Alaska Crab Cream Cheese Mixture by mixing the crab meat, cream cheese, green onion, soy sauce and sesame oil together. Cover and refrigerate. Mix egg whites and water together to create the egg wash. Reserve. Place 2 tsp. of Crab Mixture in the middle of each wonton wrapper. Lightly brush adjacent sides of wonton wrapper with egg wash. Fold each wonton wrapper into a triangle making sure to tightly seal the edges. Fold outer edges up toward the middle of the triangle using egg wash to seal. Place wontons on parchment paper lined sheet pan dusted with cornstarch or flour, being careful the wontons don’t touch. Cover and freeze until needed. Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Gently place 5 frozen wontons in deep fryer and cook until golden brown. Drain. Plate and garnish with a pinch of green onions. Serve with 2 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce. Alternative Serving Suggestions: 1. Add drained and coarsely chopped artichoke hearts to Crab Mixture. Warm and serve with fresh sourdough bread slices. 2. Place a small scoop of Crab Mixture on a bed of chopped crisp romaine lettuce that has been tossed in Asian sesame dressing.

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Little Soya’s favorite holiday gifts under $40!

Holiday Gifts $40 & Under

It’s that time of year again where our minds are filled with joy and happiness thanks to the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but shopping has always been one of my favorite things to do:)

But not when the malls are crazy packed, traffic is horrendous, and the lines are ridiculous! So to avoid all that mess, I’ve decided to search around online for my top 10 gift items that we thought were too cute to pass up!

1)   Monogrammed Paper Coasters: personalize it, give it, use it. $35 for 25

2)   Glass Water Bottle: Eco friendly and will definitely help keep all you workaholics hydrated. $32

3) French Dark Truffle Hot Chocolate Gift: Who wouldn’t be excited? Indulge in a gourmet hot chocolate treat that      serves 4 people. $15.50

4)  Sandwich on Board: Lunch has never been easier with this nifty box. $28

5)  Bobbi Brown Date Night Lip & Eye Palette: A compete makeup look in a convenient size that any girl can throw       in her purse. $30

6)  Rockee Toothbrushes: Fun and cool, wibble-wobbly toothbrushes make brushing their teeth feel like a        game. $14.95

7) Konsturctor D.I.Y kit: Create your own camera… however you like! $35

8)  Leather iPad Case: High end case. Everyone needs and wants one. $30.50

9)   iPhone Stand: its like a bean bag for your phone! $20

10)  Tea Infuser: Cute and perfect for this time of year! $10.95

 

Warmest wishes,

-Little Soya

 

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New holiday cookies using Little Soya…say what!

YES, you read that correctly! We found a new recipe that we can’t wait to share with you saucey lovers.
These Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip cookies are perfect for any occasion and your guests will appreciate you for not just giving them the regular ol cookies.

Give it a try… we promise you’ll be surprised on how amazing they’ll taste!

 

INGREDIENTS:

         2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

         1 teaspoon baking soda

         3/4 teaspoon salt

         1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

         3/4 cup packed brown sugar

         3/4 cup granulated sugar

         1 large egg

         1 large egg yolk

         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

         3/4 to 1 teaspoon of Little Soya Soy Sauce 

            2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

         1 cup dark chocolate chips

         About 1/4 cup black sesame seeds for rolling and coarse sea salt for topping

Directions:

 1. Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the butter mixture with a spatula. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed until mixture is fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and soy sauce. Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients, all at once to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined. Stop the mixer, add the sesame seeds and chocolate chunks, and fold together with a spatula until well combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

 4. Just before you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F.

5. Place about 1/4 cup black sesame seeds in a small bowl.

6.
 Scoop cookie dough by the heaping tablespoonful into your hand. Roll into a ball, and toss around in the black sesame seeds. The dough balls don’t need to be completely covered in seeds, just coated well. Place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven, allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container. Cookies will last for a day or two. The oils on the seeds can tend to go rancid. These cookies are best eaten within a few days.

 

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Who will win The Golden Gobbler Turkey Trophy?

Come join us this coming Wednesday November 27th, 2013 for the ‘What’s Free Falliday Leftover Throwdown’ benefiting The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

This might just be the most delicious and fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving leftovers that we have ever heard of! Your favorite Houston restaurants are coming together to have the ultimate Thanksgiving Throwdown at Winter Street Studios… and it’s sponsored by yours truly, Little Soya!

Not only will these Houston chefs compete against each other to see who can wow a panel of judges and the audience but they will also be showcasing some of their latest food techniques and skills with you. 

Participants include: Bar Boheme, Batanga, Beaver’s, Brooklyn Athletic Club, Cove, Eatsie Boys, El Big Bad, Goro & Gun, l’Olivier, Latin Bites, Lowbrow, Mr. Peeples, Phoenicia, Prego, Roost, Triniti, Uchi, and Underbelly.

 A panel of media judges from Channels 11, 13, 26, 39, Eater, The Houston Chronicle, Houston Modern Luxury, The Houston Press, My Table Magazine, and Texas Monthly will award one lucky chef the winning trophy.

 And a special guest judge … our very own GARY MURPHY!

 

The whole Little Soya staff will be there and handing out awesome samples for all you soy sauce lovers. Hope to see you there!

 

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Food for thought: Brining your Thanksgiving turkey with Little Soya!

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we would just like to say how thankful we are to have all of you Little Soya lovers out there! We are truly blessed to have so many amazing fans & supporters.

So as a special thank you, all of our staff here at Little Soya HQ thought of a new idea to share with you guys.

Brine your thanksgiving turkey with Little Soya.

Brining helps meats retain juices during roasting.

We are the world’s best tasting & healthier soy sauce and has been chosen #1 in blind taste tests by executive chefs all around the world. Our Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, MSG-free, less sodium soy sauce will not only boost the savory flavor in your roasted bird, but also leave your guest so impressed with this unique taste, fall-off-the-bone tender meat… they’ll be asking for to-go boxes!

Don’t forget to pick up your Little Soya Soy Sauce! Click here to find a store near you.

Little Soya Thanksgiving Turkey

  • 1 turkey (fresh or frozen, 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per person)
  • kosher salt
  • 11/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 tbsps juniper berries
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon (in wide strips)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 scallions (chopped)
  • 11/2 tbsps fresh ginger (grated)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of Little Soya Soy Sauce

 

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Enjoya Little Soya!

Major New Staffing Announcement here at Little Soya! Meet our — New SVP of Global Accounts Pete McMordie & Regional Manager for Texas Robert Wiedemann

We are thrilled and honored to announce a major hiring coup here at Little Soya!  Excited to report that we have recently landed a very heavy hitter in the food service industry with over 23 years of experience, Mr. Pete McMordie, Senior Vice President of Global Accounts [formerly with Kraft Foods and Dart Container]. Pete brings to the table exceptional sales, marketing, customer service and operations experience to our fast growing team.

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Peter M. McMordie, Senior Vice President of Global Accounts

Also, we’re beaming with pride to make the huge announcement that we have hired an 18 year veteran of Sysco Foods, Mr. Robert Wiedemann, Regional Manager for Texas.  Robert was a senior sales rep for Sysco having quickly advanced through the ranks and now he brings his decades of multi-talented skills to our team.  Robert will first head up sales efforts for new accounts in the Houston market, then soon help roll out sales efforts nationally.

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Robert Wiedemann, Regional Manager of Texas

Only way to say it folks, we are growing by leaps and bounds here at Little Soya and we now know 2014 is gonna be our year!  Watch us grow, the best has yet to come!

Little Soya finds a new home!

The latest buzz that has the entire Little Soya executive team and staff excited about? First off, let me share with you our executive team has been growing by leaps and bounds!  It’s really a great feeling to see our years of hard work coming to fruition right in front of our eyes.

 

And, we’re proud to say we’ll be moving into our new offices this Friday! We’ll be located on 290, just off the freeway – at 10900 Northwest Freeway, Suite 208, Houston, Texas 77092. All I know is now it will be even easier to work together to discuss our future plans of soy sauce global domination all over the world!
 
What are your thought and opinions? Do you prefer the work office environment? Or are you well disciplined enough to work from home?
 
Some believe that quality and speed are often sacrificed when you work from home, and that physically being together is more productive. But others can argue that maybe working from home can be more efficient, whereas you don’t have to waste time in traffic, reduces the company’s real estate costs, and improves employee morale. 
 
What do we think?? Little Soya staff believes that there isn’t a clear distinction between work and home… we’re constantly running around making sure all of our beloved fans and supporters have Little Soya when and wherever they need it:) WE LOVE OUR JOBS and hope you love yours too! 
 
Peace, Love, & Soy Sauce
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New Client announcement: Barnaby’s Cafe!

Little Soya is delighted and pleased to announce that a prominent Houston institution, Barnaby’s Cafe, is now a member of our soy sauce family.

 

After starting out 20 years ago at the original Barnaby’s on Fairview, Barnaby’s Cafe now has six locations all over our fair city and is Houston’s favorite destination for homestyle American cuisine, with an array of burgers, salads and sandwiches, plus the most addictive hand-cut fries in the city. Whether you need a quick lunch in between appointments or are looking for a fun restaurant to kick back and relax for the evening, Barnaby’s Cafe is always a bustling spot that never skimps on the portions. So next time you’re in Barnaby’s you can rest assure that not only do they use the finest hormone free meats and organic vegetables for all of their dishes, they also have incredible taste in soy sauce.

 

The secret ingredient in Barnaby’s spicy peanut sauce? You guessed it… Little Soya. These salad bowls are never ending! MhMM…sounds like we’re heading to Barnaby’s for lunch!

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Little Soya makes a splash at the 8th Annual ICC in New York City

 

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Little Soya was very excited to travel to New York City and attend the Starchefs 8th Annual International Chef Congress. This is a one of a kind event where we were  honored to be in the presence of 140 world class chefs, pastry chefs, & mixologists.

All 3 days were filled with tons of presentations, seminars, pop up lunches, and tastings. The livelihood and energy of everyone under one roof enjoying some of the best food and wine from all over the globe was definitely a memorable one!

Day one we witnessed the first annual barbecue competition, Smoke@ICC. It featured ten small but very famous pit masters that had a face off competition.

And drum roll please… the winner of this one-of-a kind competition went to Team Carillon from Austin, Texas! Congrats Carillon! Besides winning an all-expenses paid trip to Korea, they also received a chance to enter & compete at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

Eating all of the yummy briskets that each restaurant served was only half the fun. The other half consisted of seeing all the beautifully plated dishes being created before our eyes by world famous Chefs such as Philip Speer of UCHI (one of our top clients) and James Beard award winner Chef Johnny Iuzzini.

The highlight of our trip was meeting THE Danny Bowien from Mission Chinese FoodHis story of how he started up his restaurant (recently ranked by Bon Appetit Magazine as the second Best New Restaurant in America and by GQ Magazine as the fourth Best New Restaurant in America) was inspiring and definitely reminds us of our own humble beginnings. NYC Mission Chinese Food was launched in 2012 and the unique culture of the restaurant still exists, which is why many of us love it.

 

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In the end we met many fantastic chefs who showed us new techniques and culinary concepts that we were proud to take back home with us.

One thing is certain… Little Soya left a mark in NYC and the restaurant industry keeps demanding for more of America’s favorite soy sauce!

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