January 2005 Edition
Add Variety with Asian Appeal

Not just fried rice and fortune cookies, today's Asian flavours are popping up on menus across the country. Once considered too unusual for mainstream tastes, the cuisine from our eastern neighbours has evolved into a staple for restaurants and supermarkets alike, thanks not only to a tremendous Asian population growth, but also to the growing consumer interest in global cuisines.


Thai, Chinese and Japanese foods are must-haves for patrons looking for bold, new flavour experiences, as well as for those inspired by creative culinary combinations.


So why not inspire them with what they demand? The versatility of today's Asian influenced foodservice products makes it easy for you to become part of the craze without having to reinvent your entire menu. And, Sysco's Jade Mountain products are there to help - which is why we call them the easy path to Asian.


A complete Asian meal concept, these products offer ease of preparation without sacrificing genuine Asian flavour. Designed to be paired with rice or noodles this trio of innovative, on-trend products will give you countless ways to capture the growing segment of patrons looking for exotic new flavours. These bright ideas from Sysco will give you plenty of inspiration of your own, making your operation a destination of choice for authentic Asian cuisine! ¨



Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tender pieces of chicken meat tossed in our sweet and sour sauce loaded with pineapple chunks, sweet red and green pepper strips and carrots.



Szechuan Chicken and Vegetables

Tender pieces of chicken meat tossed in a spicy sesame-soy sauce with carrots, broccoli, onions, red peppers, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts and baby corn.


Emperor's Ginger Beef

Seasoned beef tossed in a tangy ginger-soy sauce loaded with tender celery, carrots, sugar snap peas, sweet red peppers, baby ears of corn and crunchy sesame seeds.



Happy New Year!


Of all Chinese festivals celebrated in Canada, there is none more important and elaborate than the celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s a celebration that is steeped in rich traditions and one that has been adapted and embraced in communities across the country.


Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese calendar which measures time based on a combination of solar and lunar movements. Each year of the Chinese calendar is designated by one of 12 animals and this year Chinese New Year's day falls on February 9, 2005, the first day of the year of the Rooster - year 4072 on the Chinese calendar.


What makes Chinese New Year so special are the traditions. Historically a time of celebration and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, preparation for the new year usually begins about a month prior with annual spring cleaning of the house, purchasing new clothing, preparing food and decorating. New Year's Eve is dedicated to the family and when the new year itself arrives it is often heralded by fire crackers.


The festive celebration continues for 15 days and ends with a Lantern Festival in which children often carry lanterns in a parade. Many communities also showcase lion dances and other forms of entertainment to mark this special day.


Like any special holiday food plays an important role in the celebrations. Traditional foods include Jiaozi: a round dumpling, spring rolls, egg rolls, clam sycee, lettuce wraps, and sweet and sour pork. It is considered a sign of family unity to serve up a whole chicken and a whole fish symbolizes prosperity.