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Amazing Asian Sauces

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As a child, Stephen Chen remembers his mother Joyce entertaining both her Chinese and Western friends with authentic Chinese dishes she learned while growing up in China.

Joyce Chen came to America from Shanghai, China in 1949 and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Adjusting to her new way of life, she volunteered at her children’s school and prepared some home-made eggrolls for sale at a school fair. Her eggrolls sold out immediately.  Cooking had always been Joyce’s passion, and she continued to please her friends with her traditional and unique dishes.

She eventually understood the growing interest in Chinese food and began teaching lessons first at home and, later, at Cambridge’s and Boston’s Adult Education Centers. She opened The Joyce Chen Chinese Restaurant in 1958, wrote her first Joyce Chen Cook Book in 1964, and in1968 starred in her own national televised PBS cooking series called “Joyce Chen Cooks”.  In 1994 Joyce Chen passed away, but in 1998, was inducted, posthumously, into the James Beard Foundation Hall of Fame. Stephen Chen, Joyce’s entrepreneurial youngest son, is now president of Joyce Chen Foods.

The good news for kosher shoppers is that all of the company’s sauces are certified kosher-parve under the Star-K.  They are natural, with no MSG added!

The Sauces:

  • Joyce Chen Peking Ravioli Dipping Sauce for Pot stickers/Dumpling:  No MSG, low sodium and preservative free.  We tried the mild version as a dipping sauce for eggrolls and chicken.  Delicious!

  • Joyce Chen Sweet & Tangy Duck Sauce:  A blend of apricots and apples with natural cider vinegar. Use as a glaze or a dip to complement appetizers. No high fructose corn syrup. Try in a sweet and sour baked chicken recipe.

  • Joyce Chen Ginger & Garlic Savory Stir Fry Oil:  Naturally flavored canola oil blended with aromatic ginger and garlic Flavorful product in a stir fry.

  • Joyce Chen 100% Roasted Sesame Oil:  All natural slow roasted 100% (not a blend) sesame oil gives an aromatic, nutty touch to your favorite dish. .We add this to our Asian slaw, and stir fry recipes.

  • Joyce Chen Hoisin Sauce:  Dark brown velvety rich, all purpose cooking and dipping condiment. Our "go to" sauce for dipping, rib-making, lo mein and just about anything when we are thinking Chinese.

KosherEye has become a fan of Joyce Chen sauce products. They are healthful, natural, delicious and convenient. Now, Stephen, how about those delicious pot stickers that we cannot feature, because they are not yet kosher certified? We’re waiting – we heard that they were irresistible!

Use the Joyce Chen sauces in the following recipes – Egg Rolls, Chicken with Cashews, Chicken with Duck Sauce, and Eggplant with Garlic. Enjoy!


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