AAPI-Owned Brands We Love!

From zingy chili crisp to vibrant spices and seasonings, here are some of our favorite pantry staples!

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AAPI-Owned Brands We Love

 

We’re nearing the end of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we are proud to highlight AAPI-owned brands we love from The Feedfeed Shop! Our kitchens are where we celebrate rich culinary tradition and cultural heritage from around the world. From zingy chili crisp to vibrant spices and seasonings, here are some of our favorites (and soon to be yours, too!).

Fly by Jing
Fly By Jing was founded in 2018 by Jing Gao, who was inspired by the amazing flavors of her hometown Chengdu and its famous fly restaurants— soulful hole-in-the-wall eateries so good they attract diners like flies! She brings thoughtfully-crafted, all-natural Sichuan pantry staples to your kitchen! We love the Zhong Sauce, pictured above. It’s sweet, tangy, spicy, and umami-rich all at once — so intensely delicious, it’s hard not to put it on everything. Try it with dumplings or noodles, drizzle it on dips, roasted vegetables, or glazed pork ribs.
Fly by Jing Mala Spice
Mala, the signature flavor of Sichuan cuisine means "spicy and numbing". With a mix of 11 potent herbs and spices, including Erjingtiao chili and the prized "Tribute" Sichuan pepper, this blend is as versatile on roasted chicken and potatoes as popcorn and micheladas.
Fly by Jing Chili Crisp 
Meet the first 100% all-natural Sichuan chili sauce, proudly crafted in Chengdu. It's hot, spicy, crispy, numbing and deliciously savory. Intensely flavorful yet not off-the-charts spicy, it’ll make your food taste bolder and the world around you seem a little bit brighter. Try it on eggs, salads, pizza, porridge, noodles, and ice cream. There's a reason it's widely been called "good on everything". 
 
Dark Horse Organics
Founder Greg Arnold was raised by his Japanese mother, grandparents and uncles. Everything Greg ate as a kid was spiked with soy sauce and at times, ketchup. This Japanese style of cooking that includes western condiments is called Yoshuku. Greg worked under world-renowned chefs and went on to open various restaurants in Southern California. He created his own style of cuisine through the Yoshoku lense of his childhood while combining modern and ancient traditions. His penchant for fermentation, dehydration and pickling is apparent in his brand Dark Horse Organic, a line of condiments, sauces and ferments, like his furikake, pictured above. 
 
Dark Horse Smoked Tamari

Smoked shoyu is not a new thing in Japanese cuisine but to try and find an organic, gluten free option is impossible, until now. A high umami tamari smoked over Japanese cherry wood. We love using this in place of tamari or soy sauce for a smoky depth of flavor. 

 

Dark Horse Umami Powder

One of our best sellers! Umami is the Japanese concept of a “pleasant savory taste” which spreads across the mouth, enveloping the whole of the palate. Here, Greg replaces the bonito with smoked, grilled and dehydrated organic vegetables, medicinal mushrooms and tonic herbs for this a high-vibe, Umami-rich, plant-based blend. Use as little or as much as you like to add flavor to soups, sauces, broth and dressings or lightly sprinkle over the top of vegetables, grains and salads.

 
Brightland Olive Oil
Founded by Aishwarya Iyer, a first generation Indian-American whose ancestors were salt farmers in South India, Brightland was born out of a desire for better, more honest food production - and a deep belief in the land and what it provides. Brightland carefully sources their olives from a family-run California farm, then craft them into custom-blended oils. Available in 3 varieties, Alive, Awake and Arise Basil. Try it with burrata for an easy summer appetizer. 
 
Diaspora Co.
For centuries, the spice trade has remained stagnant and steeped in the legacy of colonial conquest. Until now. We are a proud supplier of Diaspora Co. spices, founded in 2017 by Sana Javeri Kadri with a mission "to create a radically new, and equitable vision of the spice trade, decolonizing a commodity back into a seasonal crop, and a broken system into an equal exchange." Try their Aranya Black Pepper or Single-Origin Pragati Turmeric (the one that started it all!)
Lotus Foods
Founded in 1995 by Caryl Levine and Kenneth Lee, California-based Lotus Foods has been purchasing rice from certified organic family farms in northeast China for 25 years. Their first and most popular product is a black rice called Forbidden Rice. Lotus Foods supports farming methods that eliminate synthetic fertilizers and pesticides from the environment and help preserve the region’s fertile soils. We also love their Jade Pearl Rice!
 
Alaya Tea
Alaya comes from “Himalaya,” the region that inspired Esha Chhabra and Smita Satiani to build a tea company. After growing up drinking chai and traversing this mountainous area in India’s Northeast, visiting small farmers and tea estates, they built a company that respected these communities and addressed agricultural environmental challenges. Alaya sources their loose leaf teas and herbals from organic and biodynamic farms in India where tea pickers and workers are treated kindly. Picked fresh and sent in small batches, these products celebrate simple and pure ingredients. Available in 3 varieties.

 
Just Date
Owner Sylvie Charles is the daughter of Indian immigrants and former physician. She started Just Date Syrup with one ingredient: wholesome, organic, medjool dates. Just Date gently extracts their natural sugar and vital nutrients to bring you a rich, delicious, and healthier sweet. Add it to your coffee, drizzle on pancakes, toast, yogurt and oats, in salad dressings, marinades, and more! We also love their Pomegranate Syrup. Try it in our Pomegranate-Cream Cheese Buttercream.
 
 
If you have a product you would like to introduce to us, please reach out,
we love learning about new products and connecting with people in our community!
 
 
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