We are pleased to announce that Fine Choice Foods was awarded the Sustainability Award at FoodProWest last week in recognition of our leadership in sustainability and for making a positive contribution to the environment through our sustainability practices. During a recent expansion of our facilities, energy efficient technologies and systems were installed to reduce the company’s footprint. This new planet design saves 384,000 kWh per year – enough to power 35 homes for a full year!
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Everyone loves a good brunch, but trying to fight the crowds can be a drain. Instead of going, host your own brunch with an Asian twist and enjoy some homemade dim sum. A Chinese version of Spanish tapas, the key to a homemade dim sum brunch feast is variety. Many of these dishes can be made ahead of time and just steamed or cooked in the morning for an easy start to the day.
Here are a few classic dishes that normally grace the dim sum table and simple recipes to help get you started: READ MORE [»]
A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming the film crew from the Food Network’s Food Factory to our plant. They were here to feature our vegetable gyoza dumplings which will be aired on an upcoming segment in the fall.
The day started with an early arrival and before long, the crew was off getting shot after shot of our gyozas in the making.
They worked with ease, effortlessly and gracefully guiding their large video equipment in and out of our production areas. READ MORE [»]
Did you know an estimated 2.5 million Canadians, or about seven percent of the population, suffer from a food allergy? Food allergies are a growing concern in Canada and worldwide, but there is no clear explanation why. According to Health Canada, the most common food allergens in Canada are eggs, milk, mustard, peanuts, seafood (fish, crustaceans, shellfish), sesame, soy, sulphites, tree nuts and wheat.
A food allergy occurs when an individual’s immune system overreacts to a food substance, identifying it as dangerous. Reactions can be mild in the form of skin irritations and an upset stomach among others to more life threatening situations like closing of the throat and swelling of the tongue.
Those most heavily affected are children under the age of 3 with close to 6% being affected by a food allergy. Additionally, about 300,000 Canadian children under the age of 18 have a food allergy with the most common one being an allergy to peanuts which affect about 1 in 50 children. READ MORE [»]
February 19 of this year is the Lunar New Year ushering in the Year of the Sheep (also known as a goat or ram). For those born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, and 2013, this is your year!
The Lunar new year is an auspicious time for those who celebrate. The days and weeks leading up to the lunar new year are filled with traditions all geared towards bringing the most luck and prosperity to those celebrating. It’s a time for families to reunite, eat well, and exchange gifts and well wishes for the new year.
The Chinese New Year celebrations last for 15 days with specific activities and rituals for each day of the celebration. Many of these traditions are based on word play. The tonal Chinese language has a number of homophones which results in good and bad associations depending on what the word sounds like. For example, traditionally bookstores are typically not open during the Chinese new year festivities because the word for “book” (shū書) sounds the same as the word for “to lose” (shū輸) and is bad luck.
In today’s modern world, not all traditions are followed by all families, especially those who have immigrated to other parts of the world. Regardless of whether or not you believe in these superstitions, they are fun rituals and who knows? Maybe they do bring you good luck.
Here are some fun superstitions to bring you luck and prosperity in the Year of the Sheep: READ MORE [»]
Wishing you and your family a fantastic 2015!
Are you looking for a unique gift item for your food loving friend or family member that seems to have everything? Consider some of these items which are standard items in a well-equipped Asian kitchen. With less than a week until Christmas, here are some last minute stocking ideas.
Ceramic Soup Spoons
A stack of ceramic soup spoons is a wonderful addition to the kitchen pantry. Avoid burning your tongue on a too hot metal spoon. They come in a variety of colors and patterns as well – not just the plain white or blue and white patterns that you see in Chinese restaurants.
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Here at Fine Choice Foods we believe in getting involved in our community and giving back to the people who have supported us through the years.
When the 30 Days of Kindness campaign organized by Marc Smith of 30 Day Adventures popped up on our radar, we knew we had to get involved. We knew we wanted to do something for an organization in Richmond and so the hunt began. One of our team mates, came across the Richmond Family Place and remembered her experiences using a similar facility when she was a new mom. The support they gave her and many families in her community was invaluable. We had found our organization. READ MORE [»]
This week on the Fine Choice Foods Facebook page we’re asking our fans to tell us their favorite go to easy meal for the holiday season. Many people have shown off their favorite dishes featuring foods from noodles to soup to various kinds of stir fry.
Today we’d like to share some of our favorite go to easy meals:
Best made with day old leftover rice, fried rice can be made with anything and everything. The perfect dish for leftovers, all you need to do is chop everything up, mix it in with rice, a little soy sauce and you’re set. Here are some great combinations: READ MORE [»]
Welcome to a new series where we demystify common Asian ingredients and share how you can use these items in your cooking at home. First up: soy sauce.
Soy sauce is a condiment made from fermented soybeans and can often be found in Asian cooking. It has an umami flavour which makes it great for seasoning a variety of foods. With so many different types and brands, it can be intimidating to know what to buy and how to use it. Soy sauce is a great ingredient to have in the pantry and can be used in a wide range of situations beyond Asian cooking.
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