NEW Food Vendors in 2014:
Signature Soy offers varieties of non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) soybeans to make your own tofu, natto, soymilk and sprouts at home. The soybeans are grown at the family-owned and operated Miller family farm in North Dakota.
The Original Ramen Burger, presented by the JapaCurry food truck
The creator of the latest food sensation introduces the Original Ramen Burger to San Francisco! The Original Ramen Burger, created by ramen enthusiast Keizo Shimamoto in 2013, is made with a thick patty of USDA Prime ground beef topped with fresh vegetables and a special shoyu glaze in between two formed buns made from freshly cut ramen noodles. They will introduce a Tofu Ramen Burger at the Festival.
Naked Chorizo food truck
This food trucks serves up tasty Spanish-Filipino fusion cuisine made with the Filipino-style chorizo it’s named after. “Naked chorizo” is the literal translation of chorizong hubad, a Spanish chorizo that was developed over time into a unique Filipino food. Its menu includes dishes like chorizo over rice and egg, chicken inasal, lumpia and soy dishes like soyrizo tacos and a soyrizo burrito.
Linda’s Catering’s chef has over 20 years of experience cooking Japanese food. They serve ramen, sushi burrito and bento boxes. Everyday they boil their ramen broth for over 24 hours just because they want it “fresh and delicious.” They also do catering, matching a customer’s budget and needs. They cater sushi, tempura, teriyaki, bento box and ramen.
Totally Oishii specializes in designer Japanese mochi and baked goods, including Japanese mochi, wagashi, omanju, sweets, Hawaiian and Polynesian desserts, Asian pastries and baked goods. Each handcrafted treat is created by their “mochi artist” with a wide range of customizable colors and shapes.
Jade Chocolates are made from a unique blend of chocolate with teas and spices from Asia and the Pacific Islands by owner and chocolatier Mindy Fong. Chocolate creations include Genmai, Dragon’s Breath, Mahal, Orient Expresso, chocolate covered mangoes and macadamia nuts, an assortment of truffles, and more! All held together with soy.
Boba Thai Soymilk Tea
Returning Food Favorites…
Natto is a traditional food of Japan, recognized for centuries for its unique health benefits. Fermentation enhances the nutrition of soybeans. During fermentation a beneficial bacteria, Bacillus natto, is added to the soybeans. This results in the production of the enzyme Nattokinase. This enzyme has been found to dissolve blood clots and thin blood. Megumi Natto is high in protein, good source of dietary fiber, and rich in Vitamin B2 and K2.
The naturally brewed Kikkoman Soy Sauce is a “versatile flavor enhancer for a wide variety of foods, from Asian to mainstream American.” While it has less than 40 percent of the salt than the all-purpose Kikkoman Soy Sauce does, the Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce maintains the product’s flavor and quality.
To maintain the product’s full flavor, Kikkoman recommends using it during the latter stage of cooking, in braising sauces, soups and stews, vegetables or stir-fry dishes.
Ponzu or citrus seasoned soy sauces and dressings offer a “splash of savory flavor” on seafood, grilled meats and vegetables. It has the “perfect balance of salty, tangy and sweet to enhance a wide variety of foods.”
Made with organic soybeans, Pearl® Organic Smart Soymilk is cholesterol-free, preservative-free, lactose-free and lower in fat and calories than regular milk, with a rich, creamy flavor people love. Kikkoman has reformulated 8.25-oz. size Pearl® Organic Original, Creamy Vanilla and Chocolate Soymilk flavors in order to meet the USDA’s guidelines for fluid milk substitutions in school nutrition programs.
Looking for an all-natural snack with REAL ingredients that goes anywhere you do? You’ve found it in SOYJOY. SOYJOY ingredients are whole and healthy, like real fruit and whole soy. So when you grab a SOYJOY you’re getting a nutritious snack full of real, whole food goodness.
Every SOYJOY bar is baked with high-quality, non-genetically modified ground whole soy — retaining all of soy’s naturally-occurring nutrients. Soy is the only plant-based source of the complete protein that our bodies need.
No artificial fruit flavors here! All SOYJOY bars are made with real fruit bursting with seasonal flavors — and nutrients.
We use only 100 percent natural, real food ingredients like real strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and bananas to make naturally delicious, nutrient-rich SOYJOY. No artificial colors, flavors, or hydrogenated oils. Plus, SOYJOY is gluten free.
Hodo Soy Beanery
In 2004, after an enthusiastic response and growing demand through word-of-mouth to his soy products, Minh Tsai left his career in finance and founded what would become Hodo Soy Beanery. Hodo Soy Beanery’s mission is to craft the highest quality, best-tasting, freshest soy milk, tofu, and yuba possible; then to get their products to their customers right away so that they can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness; all the while working to demystify tofu through direct customer education and transparency of ingredient sourcing, production methods and philosophy.
CONTACT: (510) 464-2977, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose Tofu
175 Jackson St., San Jose, Calif.
With the tofu-making process being so labor intensive and more companies choosing to automate, San Jose Tofu remains as one of the last handmade tofu-shops in the country. It is no wonder that this tofu sometimes sells out, with people driving for miles just to buy it. With a taste and texture that can’t compare to a mass-produced tofu, San Jose Tofu is worth the wait, and a drive — it’s a labor of love that you won’t find anywhere else.
CONTACT: (408) 292-7026
In 1979, Alvin Kunishi, a nuclear engineer, and his wife Dorothy Kunishi, a school teacher, were faced with the daunting task of carrying on Alvin’s ailing father’s tofu company, with little knowledge on how to run the business. With 6,000 pounds of tofu being produced each week in their state-of-the-art facility, Sacramento Tofu is distributed to markets throughout the Bay Area.
CONTACT: (916) 383-0725
8300 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento, Calif.
100 percent of all proceeds from the Nakayoshi Young Professionals food booth — including Tofu Sushi and Mabo Dofu — will benefit the Nichi Bei Foundation.
The Chairman Truck
Using secret recipes from their Little Red Cookbook, and some tongue-in-cheek humor, The Chairman Truck serves up baked and steamed Taiwanese buns with a variety of savory fillings.
Heralding from Little Saigon and running for the past two years, The Chairman uses house-made ingredients such as braised pork belly, and Korean spicy chicken to bring new flavors to an old favorite.
Try their Crispy Garlic Tofu with Miso Greens, and wash it all down with a fresh shave ice drink.
What: Taiwanese guo baos
Average price: $3-$6
Signature dish: Pork Belly with pickled daikon
NEW Artisans in 2014:
Beefy & Co.
Inspired by comic illustrations, animations and pop culture, artist Menh Voong creates vinyl toys, apparel and accessories with his signature art. Established in 2011, items include plush doll characters from his “Adventures of Ryupoo” collection; Bad Bad Buddha figurines; scarves, caps, youth and adult shirts with Beefy & Co. designs and more!
Art teacher and 3D story artist Jackie Huang created Woolbuddy through his passion to find unique toys for his daughter. Woolbuddy toys are made through needle felting, a form of hand-sculpting art using wool thread. In just two years, Huang designed more than 300 characters for the six collections of Woolbuddy World.
Returning Artisan Favorites
Sumofish is a San Francisco-based independent line of T-shirts with unique Japanese illustrations by owner Brandt Fuse. The artwork is inspired by a love of Japanese food, drink and culture, and also a Japanese American experience in Hawai’i and San Francisco.
Made from 100 percent FDA and Kosher approved soybean oil, these candles naturally contain Vitamin E and Lecithin, and can be used on your skin as a lotion or massage oil. They relieve burns, insect bites, bruises, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak, and come in 15 delightful fragrances that burn clean, are soot free and do not emit harmful toxins into your home. The candles are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms), and all fragrances are from plant sources and not chemicals.
CONTACT: (209) 244-6439, KateysKandles@gmail.com
Modern M is an online boutique that offers contemporary greeting cards that are designed to “incorporate current fashion, styles and trends.” The collection includes a specialty line of modern Hawaiian and Asian-inspired cards. Modern M’s cards cover many occasions, from birthdays to special thank-yous. The boutique even offers taiko-themed cards. The greeting cards are made in California.
Official Festival Merchandise
Official Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival merchandise — including T-shirts, totes, mugs, magnets and pins — will be on sale at the Festival, with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards Festival expenses. They make great gifts, or you can take a part of the Festival home with you!