After much anticipation and excitement, the Yama Mama’s Lemon Cream, Pad Thai and Specialty Sauces were bottled on Monday, April 11th, 2016, at Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods in New Haven, Connecticut.
The sauces are now available for purchase at Yama Zakura in Northborough, MA.
Just in time for Mother’s Day!
The day was a family affair – The Yama Mama, Anna Bouphavichith, came with her husband, Stephen Kwan, their eight-year-old son, Jaxson, and her entire Yama Mama’s team to witness a personalized version of How It’s Made. “This is absolutely fascinating,” said the Yama Mama about the process which was documented by BRIO Production Studios and Lyria Garcia Photography.
An educated engineer, Bouphavichith enjoyed sharing the bottling process with her young son who watched in anticipation as machines were calibrated to fill the first bottles of the Yama Mama’s Specialty Sauce – A zesty soy flavoring for marinade, rice, and stir-fry. The Specialty Sauce was once a secret ingredient to many of the fabulous fried rice dishes served at Yama Zakura. Now, fans of Yama Zakura can enjoy the flavor at home, on vacation, and at even when they are away to college!
The Yama Mama team was treated to a tour of the Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods facility by Mr. Onofrio himself who was pleased to see a customer have so much passion about a product they’ve created. “It’s not every day we have a production crew come to document a bottling process. This just shows how passionate Anna is about her product and it will serve her well. We were proud to be a part of her excitement,” said Richard Onfrio.
The Yama Mama was equally excited to have Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods bottle the first line of her signature sauces because the facility is local and family owned. “Family is so important to me, and local families make this even more special,” said Anna. The company was also helpful in assisting Yama Mama’s with certifications required to meet her marketing specifications.
After the Specialty Sauce was calibrated, tested, and tested again (and again) by the Yama Mama herself, the bottles were filled and the excitement grew as the first thousand were capped, sealed, labeled, inspected, boxed, stacked, and readied for shipment to Yama Zakura.
Next up was the Yama Mama’s Pad Thai Sauce. An exotic and bold flavoring for noodles and stir-fry dishes, the sauce is used in the mouthwatering chicken, shrimp, and tofu Pad Thai dishes served at Yama Zakura.
After a quick lunch break, the crew at Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods finished off the day with the long awaited Yama Mama’s Lemon Cream Sauce.
Used on the now famous Lobster Bomb served at Yama Zakura, the Yama Mama tested and re-tested her unique creamy and sweet mirin seasoning before giving the go to bottle.
Everyone cheered when the last bottle was inspected and boxed.
“This was such a magical experience. I can’t thank everyone enough for helping us get to this point,” smiled the Yama Mama as she held tight to her first three sauces. Yama Mama’s Sauces resulted from years of Yama Mama working in her restaurant; tasting and testing, pinching and dashing until perfection was created. Yama Mama perfection.
Thanks to the hard work of everyone at Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods, the sauces are ready for YOU!