Why Is Everyone Loving This Teriyaki Sauce? Let's Find Out

It might be a cliche to say that every great product has a truly delightful origin story. But in the case of Soy Vay, that cliche is 100 percent true.

If you've never indulged in the deliciousness that is Soy Vay before, allow Cooking Panda to enlighten you. Soy Vay is a fun and tasty brand that boasts marinades from teriyaki to hoisin garlic, with flavors like Asian Honey BBQ, Spicy 'N Sweet Chili Heat and of course their classic Veri Veri Teriyaki! Wanna make a fun mash-up? Use Soy Vay. Looking for that perfect ingredient to create something unexpected? Use Soy Vay. Essentially, it's the best.

Still not convinced? How about a little background on that origin story then? We assume this is what you would call a culinary-meet-cute: It's 1980, and a Jewish boy and Chinese girl are at a potluck in Humboldt County, California. A conversation ensues about classic flavors, both Jewish and Asian, and voila! The Soy Vay star was born. As they themselves have said, it's "inspired by the classic sauces and marinades of China and Japan, with a deliciously kosher twist." Come on, that's adorable.

By 1982, the duo was bottling their marinade and putting it out there for everyone to try. And try they did! First it was a hit in Northern California, then, slowly but surely, it made its way throughout the country, converting folks with its taste and versatility in making fun mash-ups. Seriously, you can use their sauces for pretty much everything!

And now, 37 years later, Soy Vay has moved beyond just marinades. As we mentioned, they've got a slew of other tasty things you can try. Wanna snack on some Toasted Coconut Chai Popped Rice Clusters? Or maybe make a summer salad with the Sweet Asian Citrus Dressing. Or! Throw your favorite ingredients in with their Spicy Korean BBQ Simmer Sauce and wait for the food magic to happen. You can do all of the above and more!

Ah, to think all of this started when a Jewish boy and Chinese girl found the beauty in food mash-ups. It's definitely fair to say they were ahead of their time. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and try Soy Vay! It's about to become your new favorite. What tasty foods will you make? Use the hashtag #SoyVay and share your yummy creations!