The Sauce Dish

People often ask us, “What is this plate for?  Is this a sushi plate?  Is this a ramen bowl?  What can I put on this?”  Well, the simplest answer is that you can use various plates and bowls for anything and yes, you can eat sushi on our plates.  Or you can have a hamburger on it.  Or fries.  Or turkey.  Or Penne Alla Vodka (Giada makes a good one).  Or paella.  Or bulgogi.  Or meatloaf.  Or schnitzel.  Or chana masala.   The point is that you don’t need to limit the use of our products for Japanese food.  Or even for food at all!

Let’s take, for instance, the small sauce dish.  Made originally to hold sauce, as the name suggests, but it is also perfect for fancying up little hor d’ouevres for your next party.  Martha, the original hostess with the mostess, has a great recipe for Chilled Tofu which are plated on little sauce dishes.  Perfect.

I’m not sure where Martha got these cute sauce dishes but we used to have similar ones so long ago in a green color.  Very cute but I believe they are now in the Museum of Miya Products, i.e., my mother-in-law’s kitchen.  So instead, you can be inspired by our other sauce dishes here:

These sauce dishes range in size from 3″ – 3.5″ diameter, making them a great size for cubes of tofu or mini crab cakes!  Try slivers of sashimi with sauce or deviled eggs.  Smoked salmon on crackers with capers.  Stuffed mushroom.  Bacon wrapped scallops or shrimp!  The possibilities are endless.

If you have been to a nice Japanese restaurant, small tsukemono (pickled vegetables) are often served on small dishes like these.  Chefs like to use these dishes to serve small bites of something with a delicate flavor but also for bold flavors that pack a punch.  Using these small dishes to showcase an hors d’oeuvre or a side dish is a wonderful way to remind your dinner guests to enjoy each morsel.

These dishes are also quite popular as wedding favors.  They are great little dishes to hold chocolate or candy wrapped in cellophane with a pretty ribbon.  Then the guests can take the dishes home.  Or use them to hold votive candles on the table as part of the tablescape.  Again, the guests can take them home.

Our customers tell us they also use them in guest bathrooms to hold pretty soap or votive candles.  They line up 3 of them on a shelf or on the counter with the candles as decoration.  They can also be placed on top of a coordinating rectangular plate to serve as a tray for the candles.

They are used in bathrooms or on dressers to hold rings and other pieces of jewelry.  Use them when in the kitchen to hold salt or spices while you are cooking.  You can even move them into the dining room so everyone can add their own spices.

Yes, they are called sauce dishes and they are most often used for soy sauce when you are enjoying your sushi.   But be creative!  Unleash your inner Martha!

If you have any recipes or ideas to share about using sauce dishes, let us know!