Little Soya Partnering with Client Uchi at Spotlight Asia This Friday!

 

Spotlight Asia

Houston, listen up. If you don’t have plans this Friday evening April 4th, you need to get out to the 3rd annual Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions. And if you do already have plans, cancel them and come out to Spotlight Asia at the Asia Society Texas Center (1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77004) because you’re going to kick yourself if you miss this event!

What is Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions?

It’s a remarkable evening dedicated to celebrating the best in Asian culture. Little Soya is proud to be sponsoring with our critically acclaimed and James Beard Award winning client, Uchi.  Come check out their pop-up restaurant at the event where diners will be dazzled with unexpected textures and flavors that truly push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine.

But that’s not the only attraction at Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions. Here are some of the other things you have to look forward to:

 

  • Bar Boheme will delight guests with signature appetizers.
  • Sushi will be provided by the Sushi King Glen Gondo and Sushic.
  • 13 celcius will offer a selection of curated sparkling wines.
  • Sparrow Bar + Cookshop will be serving up some delicious bites.

 

There will also be plenty of entertainment to keep the good times rolling all night long. DJ Kalkutta and DJ Baohaus will both be spinning on the turn tables, PaperCity Magazine will have a reading lounge available to let guests explore amazing works of literary art, and FlashBox | Houston will have a photo booth to capture all the great memories!

It’s going to be an awesome time, and we hope to see you there. Click here for complete event details.

 

Event Overview

What: 3rd Annual Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions

Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX, 77004

When: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00 pm to Midnight

 

 

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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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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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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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 Now Available Online!

Little Soya is now available to purchase online!

Still waiting for Little Soya to be stocked in your local grocery store?

Well, the wait is finally over!  Thanks to our good friends over at Gluten-Free Houston, Little Soya is now available to purchase online!

http://tinyurl.com/BuyLittleSoya

Now you can enjoy the world’s best gluten-free, less-sodium and non-GMO premium soy sauce anywhere in the US.

Already well-suited for today’s on-the-go lifestyle, Little Soya is now even more convenient.  Just place your order online and have it shipped directly to your home.

Each pack of 12 “fish” soy sauce containers sells for $7.99 with free shipping.