Locally known as the Chinese Southern Belle™, Keng is the creator of an award-winning line of Asian-inspired sauces (launched at Whole Foods Market)—Recipes-in-a-Bottle™-- that feature natural ingredients and harken old family recipes, earning her the title The Sauce Maven™.
I am the founder and owner of a small business that makes nothing but sauces. Sauces make everything better, don’t they? Even though upholding high standards of quality, like being all-natural, using fresh rather than powdered ingredients, and avoiding cheap fillers like high-fructose corn syrup, poses challenges from higher small-batch production costs to shelf-life concerns, I do not want to sell anything that I would not give to Grandma or eat myself, especially since one of the sauces, You Saucy Thing™ Soy Ginger Vidalia stir fry, marinade and braising sauce was inspired by her cooking. All of the sauces must pass the grandma test and, after taste testing in the local school district cafeterias, also be kid approved!
To my delight, my sauces have earned many enthusiastic fans, from ages one to one hundred and from many different backgrounds. And apparently, the fans are sometimes more innovative than I am when using my sauces. My dad concocted his Bloody Sweet Hottie Cocktail by adding My Sweet Hottie™ Sweet Chili Peach Dressing & Marinade to a shot of vodka. My Indian neighbors drizzle my Wild Wild East™ Asian BBQ Teriyaki Pineapple sauce onto their samosas and pakoras, and on hot dogs.
I try to make sure each of my sauces is truly a premium, authentic recipe in and of itself—a natural blend of a dozen fresh ingredients and spices all in one bottle, so when you shake it up, you are cookin’ up a storm. The one complaint I get is that using my sauces turns you into a lazy cook!
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