Happy Holidays from Little Soya!

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As we celebrate the holiday season and prepare to step into the New Year, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you and to wish a happy holiday season to so many important people who have supported us and helped Little Soya grow in 2014.

To all of the restaurants and chefs around the country who use Little Soya, thank you. We are incredibly appreciative of your business, and we are constantly inspired and amazed at the unique, mind-blowingly delicious ways you use our soy sauce!

To all of the stores that stock Little Soya, thank you. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to get our product out there to our customers. We are eternally grateful for the opportunity to share precious space on your store’s shelves.

To all of the people all across the world who have tried Little Soya, thank you. Whether you’ve sampled our product at an event, bought a retail pack at your local store, cook with it in your kitchen, or even carry a little fishy container in your purse everywhere you go, we are so thankful for your support!

Finally, a huge, heartfelt thanks to all of our great team members and family members here at Little Soya. We worked hard, played hard, and had one heck of a year in 2014. Together, we achieved some great things, like launching into space to become the first gluten-free soy sauce on the International Space Station, getting featured in Good Housekeeping magazine, and expanding our presence across the country and around the world. Each and every one of you has played an integral role in growing our brand, and this is just the beginning. Here’s to an even bigger and better 2015!

It’s been a thrilling, challenging journey so far, and again, we are extremely grateful for everyone who has helped Little Soya continue to become the greatest soy sauce in the universe!

Thank you all for your loyalty, love, and support this past year. From our family to yours, have a very happy and safe holiday season!

 

5 Ways You Can Give The Gift Of Little Soya This Christmas

Happy holidays! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of delicious food and plenty of time with family and friends.

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s now officially the Christmas season, and if you’re like us, you’re still scrambling to buy gifts for all your loved ones. Relax. We’ve got some great gift ideas for you that will allow you to skip the mall madness while giving the tastiest gift in the universe.

This Christmas, you can give the gift of Little Soya in a number of fun, exciting ways! Here are some of our favorite Little Soya-themed Christmas presents.

 

1. Gift cards to restaurants using Little Soya

Gift card (with clipping paths)Chefs from coast-to-coast use Little Soya in their restaurants to delight the taste buds of their patrons. From New York to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, Little Soya has found its way into some of the country’s top kitchens. Give your friends and family gift cards to your favorite Little Soya restaurants! It’s the perfect Christmas gift.

Check out our Chef’s Corner to see some of the top chefs using Little Soya in their restaurants, and browse our News section for the latest restaurant announcements.

 

2. Recipe box from Plated.com

LS PlatedPlated.com is one of the coolest services we’ve ever seen. People who sign up for Plated.com get a box of fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes delivered directly to their home each week. They’re making it easy and convenient to eat well at home.

We’re proud to announce that Plated.com is now a Little Soya client. That’s right, our delicious gluten-free soy sauce is a featured ingredient in some of their recipe boxes.

Plated offers gift subscriptions for those looking to give a unique holiday gift. They have a number of different gift options you can choose from to suit your budget. Click here to learn more.

 

3. Sushi making kit from Global Grub

LS Global GrubTalk about a unique gift that’s sure to make someone say, “Wow!” Global Grub offers a totally awesome DIY sushi rolls kit that comes with everything needed (minus the fillings) to make sushi at home.

The sushi kit includes: Sushi Rice, Little Soya Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Nori, Sesame Seeds, Wasabi Powder, Rolling Mat, and Detailed Instructions. Makes 8 sushi rolls or 48 pieces total. Best part? It’s only $19.99! Click here to learn more.

 

4. Themed gift box from Sincerely.com

LS SincerelySincerely.com offers a great platform for sending family and friends unique gift sets. Their Sesame app offers over 75 themed gift boxes for just about any occasion. Each box comes carefully and creatively packed in a beautiful Sesame box that creates an over-the-top experience every time.

One of our favorite Sesame gift boxes is their Home-Rolled Sushi kit. It comes with sushi rice, pickled sushi ginger, wasabi paste, Little Soya soy sauce, and a beginner’s guide for making sushi. What a great Christmas present!

 

5. Little Soya fishies

Add a Little Soya packet to your little one's lunch box!

Want to give the ultimate, tastiest stocking stuffer this Christmas? Pick up one (or several) of our retail packs. Each box comes with 12 individual fish-shaped packets loaded with a single serving of the universe’s best gluten-free soy sauce. You can place a few little fishies in each loved one’s stocking, or give someone the whole pack! And did we mention that each retail pack comes with a totally awesome temporary tattoo? Bonus!

Little Soya is available in stores all across the country. Click here to find our retail packs in a store near you. Can’t find Little Soya in a nearby store? Don’t worry, you can buy it on Amazon, too!

Give the gift that’s sure to satisfy this Christmas. Give Little Soya!

Merry Christmas, all!

 

 

3 Scary Good Ways to Use Little Soya This Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of the year, and in the spirit of the season, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can incorporate your favorite gluten-free soy sauce into your Halloween festivities. We’ve always said Little Soya is “Your Everything Sauce” and that means it goes great with all things Halloween, too.

Here are 3 of our favorite tricks and treats for a Little Soya-inspired Halloween!

 

1. Fill the trick-or-treaters’ bags with Little Soya goodies!

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Don’t be the boring neighbor who gives toothbrushes, pennies, pencils, or nasty candy to the kids. This Halloween, fill their goody bags with something that’s sure to catch their attention – Little Soya goodies! Our cute little fishies are a great addition to any trick-or-treat bag. Kids will love their fun, squeezable design, and parents can take the opportunity to help expand their trick-or-treaters tastes by cooking up a delicious Little Soya recipe.

Want to make your Little Soya goody bag even better? Include some of our temporary tattoos that come in our retail packs. Every kid loves temporary tattoos, and our colored stick-on tats are always a hit!

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2. Dress up in a Little Soya themed costume!

sushi roll costume Want to really turn heads this Halloween? Skip the generic store-bought Halloween costumes, and create your own one-of-a-kind Little Soya costume! Dress up as the Little Soya girl, a life-sized Little Soya fishy, or just cover yourself head-to-toe in our little fish packets. You could even dress up your little one in one of those adorable sushi roll costumes for an awesome parent-child themed costume!

 

3. Take your Halloween party to the next level with a Little Soya cocktail

 

The delicious Little Soya Cobbler! Please sauce responsibly!

The delicious Little Soya Cobbler! Please sauce responsibly!

Want to throw an unforgettable Halloween party? Skip the cheap booze, and whip up some tasty Little Soya cocktails. That’s right – Little Soya isn’t just used in food recipes, it’s also a featured ingredient in some delicious boozy concoctions. Check out the links below to some of our favorite Little Soya cocktail recipes:

The Little Soya Cobbler

5 More Awesome Little Soya Cocktails

 

When you add Little Soya to the mix, you’re sure to have a scary good time this Halloween!

 

 

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Little Soya

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Whether you’ve just discovered the universe’s greatest gluten-free soy sauce or you’ve consumed so much Little Soya that it’s pumping through your veins giving you superpowers, we’re willing to bet there are some things you still don’t know about our premium soy sauce. So, listen up because class is in session. It’s time to reveal 5 facts about Little Soya that you probably didn’t know.

 

  1. There’s a “Chef Grade” version of Little Soya—When you think of Little Soya, you probably picture our cute, convenient, one-of-a-kind fish-shaped packets (more on those later) that line store shelves across the country, but did you know that we also offer a “Chef Grade” version of our soy sauce? Our “Chef Grade” soy sauce is a little lighter in color and flavor and also a touch saltier than what comes in our infamous fish-shaped packets. That’s because the “Chef Grade” version is designed to be used as a cooking ingredient rather than a condiment. Chefs, click here to find out how you can get a free sample of our gluten-free soy sauce.
  2. Little Soya won an award for its unique packaging—One of the things that sets Little Soya apart is our unique, single-use, fish-shaped packets. Not only are they just plain cool and cute, but they’re highly functional. Unlike traditional tear-open soy sauce condiment packets that make a mess, our fish-shaped packets are leak-proof, resealable, and easy to use. That’s why Little Soya was a 2012 sofi Awards Silver Finalist for Outstanding Innovation in Packaging Design or Function.
  3. It’s not just Asian restaurants that are using Little Soya—Soy sauce and Asian cuisine go hand in hand, but Little Soya isn’t just preferred by Asian-inspired chefs. Our gluten-free soy sauce is used in restaurants serving all types of cuisine. In fact, about half of the restaurants using Little Soya are a mix of American, BBQ, Mexican, Peruvian, Italian, and Indian restaurants.
  4. Little Soya has become a popular cocktail ingredient—It’s no secret that Little Soya can elevate just about any dish, but you might not know that our gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce is also a featured ingredient in some of the tastiest cocktails you’ve ever had. From the Michelada created by the geniuses at Houston’s The Pastry War to The Little Soya Cobbler featuring byejoe (an ultra-premium baiju, China’s most popular traditional alcohol), these cocktails prove that Little Soya really is “So Good You Can Drink It!”
  5. Little Soya is the first gluten-free soy sauce in space—Little Soya isn’t just the best gluten-free soy sauce in the world; it’s the best gluten-free soy sauce in the universe! On July 29 2014 at 6:47 pm (CDT), Little Soya made history by becoming the first gluten-free soy sauce to be launched into space. Right now, the astronauts on the International Space Station could be enjoying our delicious gluten-free, less sodium soy sauce! How cool is that?

 

Be honest: Did you know any of these 5 facts about Little Soya?

 

A secret to share with you… Mom Knows Best!

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We are going to let you in on a little secret about our soy sauce.  One little fact that we sometimes will share with just a handful of close ties, but here today, you get to hear the inside scoop.

Fact: Little Soya wouldn’t be the world’s best tasting and greatest gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce if it wasn’t for one very special, intelligent, and very loving woman – Dolores Murphy, aka “Mrs. Murphy”, the beautiful mother of our founder & CEO Gary Murphy.

Back in 2009, Gary’s old china sourcing company Arisa Global was responsible for sourcing little fish-shaped soy sauce packets for the luxurious Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  Seeing how popular the unique fish-shaped packets were for years, Mrs. Murphy saw a golden opportunity. She was actually the first person to recommend to her son, “Gary, if Las Vegas likes your little fish-shaped soy sauce packets so much, maybe Houston restaurants and others would like them too?”

And thus ladies and gentlemen, an idea was born.  At first Gary admits, “I wasn’t really sure if the idea would work and at the time I had big plans to open a consulting company or some much bigger project… not realizing that Mom’s idea would set me on a path 5 years later to now have the fastest growing soy sauce brand in America!  Thanks Mom!”

So, motivated by the constant nudging and prodding that only a loving mother can so skillfully do, Gary finally grabbed a handful of samples, stuck them in a pocket and hit the Houston streets to meet with top chefs and restaurants around the city to ask the question, “If I was able to bring in the best tasting soy sauce packets in these nifty fish shapes, would you buy them?“

Time and time again, the answer was a resounding, “YES! We want to buy this NOW! How much are they, how many per case, and WHEN can we get them?” 

5 years later, Little Soya is one of the fastest-growing soy sauce companies in the world. Our gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce is a hit, and we’re adding new clients every day. Today, you can find Little Soya in restaurants, universities, schools, airlines, and grocery stores all over this great nation. And none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for “Mrs. Murphy” aka “Gary’s Mom”!

Everyone here at Little Soya loves “Mom” and we’re proud to say she will be celebrating 51 years of marriage this June to our CFO & COO… Bill Murphy!

Moms really do “Know Best”.

A Love Poem

Soya Valentine Pic

 

Roses are red,

Soy sauce is brown,

I taste so good,

You just guzzle me down

 

Every time you hold me,

In the palm of your hand,

You know I’ll delight you,

And never be bland.

 

But life can be lonely,

Once you’re empty and all alone,

Just one tiny fish,

So far from home

 

On this Valentine’s

I have just one wish

Will you be mine?

Signed, The Little Soya Fish

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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