HERE WE COME!!!!
This was an exciting trip for our sauce bottles! But especially for the Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce that has its root from Korean Chili Paste! During my short trip to Korea, I had to pay a visit to the Kyong Bok Goong Palace. This 500 years old dynasty perfected the use of spicy chili paste during its time and has passed its culinary culture directly to the modern-day cuisine you find from Korea.
Korean cuisine and sauces are known for its balance between all the flavors and also known for liberal usage of garlic and chili. And I have just done that when I created this sauce for my restaurant. Even though it is heavily modified to suit modern New American Cuisine that embraces wide variety of cuisines across the world, I wanted to have one sauce that had its root from Korea.
This sauce has been touted as one of the most unique and flavorful hot sauces that have versatile uses. So it was fitting for me to make a quick tour of the palace where it ruled Chosun Dynasty before the modern day Korea established.
Now you know this sauce has a root that is pretty deep!
Besides our online store, if you live near Bryan/College Station, Texas , you can grab our sauce bottles from Zeitman's Grocery in Downtown Bryan! It features really cool artisan sauces, drinks, meats, preserves, and cheese from really cool places and also feature an amazing deli that will blow your socks out! Be sure to check out Zeitman's and also grab a bottle while shopping there!
I am on my way to Korea to do some business. So while I am waiting on the plane, I am going to update you on our Miso Sauce and hope I can share some journey across Korea during my short business trip there.
Sweet & Savory Miso Sauce
This was Inspired by a Japanese Classic. It goes back to days when my grandma will prepare this miso coated salmon or pollack dish at home with side of rice. My grandma is Korean Japanese who were born and raised in Japan. So, a lot of her food she ate and learned to cook are hybrid of Korean and Japanese cuisine.
So naturally when I started my own restaurants, I wanted to take a page out of her cooking but modernizing and westernizing it to work better with American taste as she once did it in Japan for with her Korean family.
This sauce combines saltiness, sweetness, subtle tartness and bitterness with full load of Umami! This sauce has it all in terms of hitting your taste buds! This Sauce will help you make several gourmet Japanese Inspired Cuisines at your own kitchen with ease. You can marinate fish or meat with it to roast or broil. You can make great sauce to accompany roasted or sauteed vegetables. It can also be great with sushi rolls as a condiment and can be diluted with water and vinegar to make great miso salad dressing. If you add grated Pickled ginger, soy sauce, water, and sesame oil, it can turn into delicious miso ginger dressings to dip Grilled Steak or Fish as well. It is very versatile sauce to make so many different items at home.
Let's talk about Liquid Black Gold, a.k.a.
Balsamic Red Wine Glaze.
Inspired by an Italian Classic, this glaze is a great way to brighten the flavor with sweetness and tartness. My first experience with this type of balsamic reduction was in NYC in early 2006 when I visited the city. Went to several restaurants and noticed they were accenting dishes with thick balsamic vinegar, but it was more than just thick balsamic vinegar. The chefs and staff all told me that they reduce balsamic vinegar and add sugar, honey, syrup, or other thickeners to have more potent flavor of Balsamic without making a mess by spilling things everywhere. This was right when molecular gastronomy was a hit and people were using various thickener to "gel" otherwise a liquid content. I wanted more simpler "real food" approach. So, I decided to reduce balsamic vinegar and pinot noir mix that I use for poaching cherry for my desserts. That poaching liquid had cinnamon, clove, and anise. While I love it, some folks didn't necessarily enjoy the spices that were part of that reduction. Over next few months, I simplified the recipe and process to have potent and flavorful glaze that can be enjoyed by more people! Very simple four ingredients in perfect ratio to deliver well developed flavor!