Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year winds down this week—have you had the chance to celebrate the Year of the Horse yet? Let Kikkoman help you make the celebrations even more delicious this year. The Year of the Horse means it’s a good time to throw a party. Invite some friends, grab some wine, and have everyone over for a traditional Chinese New Year dinner!

From Traditional Fried Rice to Chinatown Chicken Simmer, Kikkoman recipes pack flavors of the Far East, but are incredibly easy to make! For the Traditional Fried Rice, simply add all your ingredients to a pan, and voila! Traditional Fried Rice to celebrate Chinese New Year. Doesn’t that sound positively delicious?

For more recipes, visit Kikkomanusa.com/CNY.

 

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Breakfast for Dinner– Kikkoman Style

A frosty chill has settled over the entire country! From rain and sleet to wintry wonderland in New England, winter has officially blown in. How do you stay cozy on nights like these? On nights that it’s too cold to go to the store, we love having breakfast for dinner on a chilly winter night! Since you may have the ingredients in your pantry already, it’s a super easy way to make a deliciously warm dinner. Kikk up your average French toast recipe Kikkoman style. Panko bread crumbs are a perfect way to add a little extra something to a traditional favorite. To see how Chef Helen knocks it out of the park with Crispy-Baked French Toast, check out the recipe here:

http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/recipes/recipedetail.php?rd=2135#.UqZewtJDuJo

Ingredients (Yield: 4 servings)

3 large eggs

1-1/4 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs

8 slices dry white bread

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Butter

maple syrup

Instructions:

Beat eggs together with milk, sugar and Vanilla extract in shallow bowl until well blended. Place panko in pie pan or shallow dish. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture, thoroughly coating both sides; then coat both sides of bread slices with bread crumbs. Place on large wire rack. Add butter and oil into 17-1/4 x 11-1/2-inch jellyroll pan. Place pan in 400°F. oven 1 to 2 minutes, or until butter melts. Remove pan from oven. Place bread slices into pan, in single layer, turning over once to coat both sides of bread slices with butter mixture. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes. Turn bread slices over and bake 10 minutes longer, or until golden brown. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

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Turkey Day– just around the corner!

Thanksgiving is a mere TWO days away. Do you have your menu planned out? Or do you still have some last minute shopping to do?

This year, make Turkey Day the easiest holiday ever by trying Kikkoman’s Savory Turkey Brine. Simply add a bottle of soy sauce to water, sugar, and a variety of spices, and voila, you’re sure to serve the juiciest bird yet.

Whether this is your first turkey or your hundredth, Kikkoman Soy Sauce kikks up the flavor and the juice of the bird. For a full recipe and instructions, head to Kikkomanusa.com/brine, just to see how easy it really is.

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#JustAddKikkoman

How do you use Kikkoman in your kitchen? We’re asking our family and friends around the world to show us how they incorporate Kikkoman by hosting an Instagram contest—Simply snap a photo of how Kikkoman improves any dish. From poultry or fish, to vegetables, or even breakfast! Upload the photo to Instagram or Twitter and be sure to include #JustAddKikkoman for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

Speaking of everything being a little better with Kikkoman in it, we just visited the Georgia State Fair in the beginning of November. While there, we watched three local grilling champions vie for the title. Special congratulations to winner Joseph Jenkins! Joseph incorporated Kikkoman Soy Sauce into his Ginger Honey Suckled Ribs recipe. The umami took full effect and made for some of the tastiest ribs we’ve ever had.

Thanks for showing us how you use Kikkoman, Joseph. Now it’s all your turn! Make sure to post using #JustAddKikkoman—we’d love to see Kikkoman in your kitchen!

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Crunchy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Can you believe that November is around the corner? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. We feel like it was just time to go back to school and now it’s already Halloween!

Are you taking the kids out to trick-or-treat? Fill them up with something hearty before heading out—that way they won’t eat too much candy! Kikkoman’s Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites are the perfect seasonal dinner that will warm everyone up from October’s last chilly night.

For a new family favorite, check out how Chef Helen makes Crispy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites in this video and cook alongside!

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Roasted Brine Brussels Sprouts

Can you believe we’re already halfway through October? Fall is our favorite time of year at Kikkoman and because of that, we’re in a brining state of mind! We just can’t keep that Juicy Bird out of our heads!

Thinking about the brine inspired us to bring the brine to other foods, too! Check out the Roasted Brined Brussels Sprouts below. Kikk up your everyday vegetable with a ¼ cup of Kikkoman. We promise it’ll become a family favorite!

Ingredients

2 pounds Brussels sprouts
2 quarts water
½ cup kosher salt
½ cup sugar
¼ cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°. Trim stems and remove wilted leaves from Brussels sprouts; rinse under cold water. In a large bowl, combine the water, salt, sugar and soy sauce, stirring until all of the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add sprouts to the brine mixture (make sure they are submerged) Brine for 1 hour. Drain the Brussels sprouts, do not rinse. Toss the sprouts with olive oil and black pepper. Bake in an uncovered baking dish for 35 to 40, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, or desired doneness.

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Time to Brine!

Can you believe it’s already October? The holidays, like it or not, are just around the corner! We’ve got some one stop shopping when it comes to preparing your meal – check it out here. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives with our savory turkey brine. Kikkoman’s soy sauce brine recipe will ensure that you cook a Juicy Bird with flavorful, fall-off-the-bone tender meat. Dive into the holiday spirit by practicing your brine on chicken! We swear, it’s the absolute easiest way to add moisture to your meat.

Our brine doesn’t discriminate—it’s good with vegetables too! Have you ever had brined brussel sprouts? Brining notoriously tough veggies will help infuse them with moisture and create an incredibly savory flavor. Soy sauce is the secret to our brine. Infusing meat and vegetables with the umami effect create an unforgettable, inexplicable flavor that is sure to wow your family and friends.

Although the stresses of holiday shopping are far from mind, rest easy knowing that Kikkoman can help you make the best meal this year!

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Asian Infusion Fish and Chips

Fall is officially here. This time of year marks the craze that is back to school and pre-holiday buzz. Dinner time calls for something quick and easy, but also cozy! Below is a tip for “kikk”-ing up the flavor of some quick food favorites that you can prepare at home:

Deep-fried: Deep-frying is a global favorite—in Brazil you’ll find the black-eyed pea fritters called acarajé); while panisses (chickpea flour “french-fries”) are a favorite in the South of France. In Naples, street stands called friggitorie specialize in deep-frying everything from potatoes to zeppole. And let’s not forget England’s fish n’ chips, best eaten hot from the fryer with a splash of malt vinegar.

Bring the warmth of a cozy pub to your home by mastering fish n’ chips tonight!

Asian Infusion Fish and Chips

Ingredients (24 servings)

9 pounds cod or other white fish, cut into 2-ounce strips

4 1/2 cups Kikkoman Lime Ponzu, plus extra for serving
12 cups Kikkoman Tempura Batter Mix, plus extra for dredging
6 pounds frozen steak fries
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Toasted sesame seed, as needed
Nori seaweed strips, as needed
Tartar Sauce (recipe below)

Instructions

Marinate fish in ponzu 20 minutes; drain and pat dry. Mix tempura batter mix with 12 cups ice water.

For each serving, to order, dredge 3 pieces fish in dry tempura batter mix, patting off excess. Dip fish in prepared tempura batter to coat completely; deep-fry in hot (350°F) oil until golden brown. Deep-fry 4 ounces steak fries in hot oil until golden brown. Arrange fish and fries in newspaper or parchment paper cone; sprinkle with sesame seed and nori strips. Serve with tartar sauce and ponzu sauce on the side.

To make Tartar Sauce, mix together 4 cups mayonnaise; 1/2 cup each roughly chopped capers, roughly chopped cornichons and diced red onion; 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 3 tablespoons Kikkoman Lime Ponzu. (Yield: 6 cups)

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Is Your Sauce Boss?

Toss your whisk into Kikkoman’s ring by visiting our Facebook page to enter the Kikkoman Master Sauce Challenge.

Show us how Kikkoman Soy Sauce is your secret weapon in your famed barbeque sauce, marinade, dressing or stir fry sauce.

Because of the more than 285 flavor and aroma components in naturally brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce, its applications go far beyond simply using it as a condiment for take-out Chinese dishes or sushi. Kikkoman Soy Sauce acts as a subtle flavor enhancer, rounding out and heightening the other ingredients in a dish. It also contains umami, the fifth primary flavor, described as the savory and delicious qualities found in some foods, such as Parmesan and tomatoes. Umami is newly discovered by science, but long understood by our palates. When umami is balanced properly with the other four primary flavors “sweet, salty, bitter and sour” the food, whether it be pastry, pizza or pasta, is ultimately more delectable.

Make sure to join Kikkoman’s Master Sauce Challenge for the chance to win $1,000 and eternal bragging rights amongst family and friends. To enter, visit https://www.facebook.com/kikkomanskitchen/app_694076060608385

 

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Is Your Sauce Boss?

Want to have a chance to win $1,000? Before we go any further, we wanted to share with you a contest Kikkoman is holding now until September 13th. Get your game face on – The Master Sauce Contest is here! Show us what you can do with soy sauce. Share your best marinade, salad dressing, BBQ sauce or stir fry sauce recipe and you could win up to $1,000. Check out Kikkoman’s Facebook page to enter the contest. https://www.facebook.com/kikkomanskitchen/app_694076060608385

While you’re on the computer, check out our recipes under our Home Cooks section of Kikkomanusa.com. You might be surprised to find out how quick and easy it is to turn a trend, like the one we are talking about below, into a nightly staple. Tweet your favorite recipes to us and we can compare and contrast our street food fare!

Speaking of street food. Do you live in a big city? Have you seen food trucks tearing through the city streets? Street Food is one of the hottest trends in dining. But what does street food mean? Well, it’s everything from a hot dog stand on a busy Manhattan corner, a curbside chat stall in Bombay, or a pushcart peddling roasted corn on the cob slathered with chile-lime mayo on a plaza in Puerto Vallarta, to a hip Asian Taco truck or an upscale cupcake-mobile in L.A. Street food’s been around since before there were streets.

So why the sudden explosion in popularity? It’s partly due to the broadening of our horizons as it becomes easier and more popular than ever to travel to more “exotic” countries where street food is part of the culture. With the rise of food TV featuring adventurous dining and out-of-the-way specialties, travelers are seeking out more unusual dining options. Back in the U.S., immigrants are serving up ethnic street food specialties that also appeal to a broader market. It’s a great way for people to sample foods they might be intimidated to try in other countries because of the language barrier or concerns about food safety.

Inexpensive yet interesting dining options are a hot commodity in today’s economy—social media buzz from Twitter feeds and blogs drives diners to be the first to try (and “Yelp” about) a new food stand. And for cash-strapped entrepreneurs, a street food cart is a great way to start a business on a shoestring or to increase the profile of an existing restaurant.

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