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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Little Soya teams up with Bravado Spice for Good Vibes 3!

If you missed out on the last Good Vibes event hosted by Bravado Spice, be sure to mark this one in your calendars! Good Vibes 3 will be on September 28th, bringing together local artisan venders, food trucks, musicians, and more!

Co-Owners of Bravado Spice James Nelson, who was just recently on Master Chef, and Jeremiah Tallerine believe in having a killer time – just like their hot sauce. This free event has been sold out in the past.

Enjoy shows by local musicians: Another Run, Nick Guitan & Umbrella Man, Free Radicals, Bruce Hansen and The Racket, Thrill of Seconds & A Thousand Colours.

You will also be able to grab a beer from some of the Houston area’s best local breweries: KarbachSt. ArnoldsReal Ale & Buffalo Bayou.

To top it all off, some of Houston’s best and most delicious local food Trucks will be there providing Yum: Happy Endings HTXMusubiMuiishi MakarritosPi PizzaThe Golden Grill & Mr. Sizzles Curbside.

People are anxiously awaiting this event. The opportunity to experience so much of Houston’s local flair and food in one place is exciting to say the least.

Local vendors include : Award winning hot sauce from Bravado Spice, hand crafted goods from  Manready Merc, cool mustache items from Mustachestuff.com, Original Real Dill Pickles, beautiful jewelry from Abbey Drue Designs, tasty refreshing & one of a kind jams from Jolly Roger Gourmet Jams, the latest fashion style and trends from Bits and Bobs, handcrafted kids toys and clothes from 1+2=Love, vintage swimsuits from Milk + Honey Vintage, & coffee from Caphin Iced Coffee & Pixelsapien.

And last but not least… Little Soya!

We are so excited to be a part of this event. Come and say hello to Little Soya and try our premium soy sauce.

See you there!

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Back To School With Little Soya

The “Back To School” Season is upon us, once again! Where has the summer gone?  If you are a Gluten Free Mom, the hardest part of back to school, is getting ready to send safe, healthy lunches for your kiddo to eat at school. Finding quick, convenient gluten free goodies for kid’s lunches can be tough! Here are a few lunchtime ideas that are sure to be a hit!

1. Little Soya and Sushi, of course!

Our little fishes are perfect for kids lunches. They are easy to open, spill free, and waste-free since you can save your leftover soy sauce, and even re-use your fishes like we have suggested in the past!  You can get pre-made sushi from your local HEB, and with an ice pack in your lunch bag, it will last perfectly until lunch time!

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It's impossible to not fall in love with Little Soya once you try it!

Perfect size for little fingers!

 

2. PB& J

Even the gluten free kiddos love peanut butter and jelly!  Try some of Rudi’s or Udi’s Gluten Free bakery items and of course, no pb&j is complete without one of Justin’s Nut Butters!

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One Hungry Mama has some awesome PB&J recipe ideas and Style Blue Print boasts The Ultimate PB&J recipe on their blog!

3. Pirates Booty!

What lunchbox is complete without a yummy snack! Pirate Brands offers several flavors of “cheeto-like” cheesy snacks that are super delish and waaaay better for you than the latter. Plus with a name like “Pirate Booty”, what kid would complain!

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What gluten free goodies do you pack for your kids? Does your school have an allergen ban on any foods, that makes it hard to create lunches for your kids?

How To Go See A Movie – The Little Soya Way

Everyone loves going to the movies, and we will assume that you also love sushi and Little Soya as well! What better way to beat the heat, than to enjoy some sushi and Little Soya at the theater!  Now we all know that bringing in your own munchies is against the rules, shhh! We won’t tell if you dont!

On your way to the movie, stop by your nearest H-E-B and pick up some pre made sushi from the kiosks that are in most local stores. Don’t forget to pick up a pack of Little Soya too! It’s usually located right next to the sushi kiosk, or on the Soy Sauce isle!

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Next head over to bulk foods section and stock up on some candy! The bulk bins are the easiest and cheapest way to try a little bit of everything!

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Little Soya is perfect for snacking on the go, no spills, and you don’t have to throw away what you don’t use in a single serving!

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Bring Little Soya To The Party! Cocktails & Snacks…

We all know that Little Soya is delicious as a dipping sauce and can be used in marinades as well. But why not expand your culinary use of Little Soya into cocktails and even a snack! Check out these recipes we rounded up from the web and a few Little Soya fans then Bring Little Soya to your next party!!  (Don’t forget about the Little Soya Ice Cubes, too!)

 

Abba Nugget

It's impossible to not fall in love with Little Soya once you try it!

It’s impossible to not fall in love with Little Soya once you try it!

 

Drink Type: Shooter

Ingredients

3/4 oz. Vodka
1/4 oz. Little Soya

Instructions

Pour vodka into a shot glass. Layer in soy sauce.

 

 

Bloody Geisha

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Drink Type: Cocktail

Ingredients

3 oz. Tomato Juice
1 1/2 oz. Sake
1 dash(es) Little Soya
1 squirt(s) Lime Juice
1 pinch(es) Wasabi

Instructions

Mix in a cocktail glass and garnish with celery sticks and a lime wheel.

This one is Gluten Free if you use Little Soya!

Chinese Mary

Drink Type: Cocktail

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Sweet and Sour Sauce
dash(es) Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
3 drop(s) Little Soya
3 drop(s) Tabasco Sauce
Pineapple Juice or Pulp

Instructions

Make like a Bloody Mary, improvising with ingredients until you find your preferred taste and texture. Ken finds it’s a good idea to add extra vodka to thin out the sauce a little. When heated, this also makes a great sauce for food!

Michelada

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Drink Type: Cocktail

Ingredients

12 oz. Beer
2 dash(es) Worcestershire Sauce
dash(es) Little Soya
dash(es) Tabasco Sauce
1 pinch(es) Black Pepper
1 oz. Lemon Juice
Salt

Instructions

Mix ingredients in a tall high glass with lots of ice. Add beer at the end. Mix.

Simply Soy

Drink Type: Cocktail

Ingredients

2 oz Grey Goose vodka
1/2 oz Little Soya -sesame simple syrup* Squeeze of lemon
2 dashes chocolate bitters
1/4 tsp grated ginger
Toasted sesame seeds and sugar, candied ginger, and a soy-sauce ice cube for garnish

*Two parts water to one part low-sodium soy sauce with a dash of sesame oil

Rim a rocks glass with a slice of lemon and dip in a mix of toasted sesame seeds and sugar. Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and shake. Strain into the prepared glass and add a soy-sauce ice cube. Garnish with a slice of candied ginger.

Originated from here.

 

SRIRACHA AND BROWN SUGAR ALMONDS

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  • 1 cup raw shelled almonds
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Place the almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so until the almonds are toasted and fragrant. Remove from the oven and pour onto a cold plate until the Sriracha sauce is done. For the Sriracha and brown sugar sauce bring the brown sugar, Sriracha and soy sauce to a gentle simmer just until the brown sugar is dissolved. Toss immediately with the almonds and spread on a sheet of parchment paper to cool.