The vice president of Lee Kum Kee, the world’s largest manufacturer and seller of Chinese sauces, was named this year’s 29th Assembly District Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Mike Eng Monday.
Eng said Betty Tsang, a Monterey Park resident, “has been instrumental in introducing Chinese food culture and flavors into mainstream American culture.”
For the past 30 years Tsang has promoted the products in the U.S. food industry, developing recipes using the sauces and appearing in television and radio programs to help familiarize an American market with traditional Chinese seasonings.
Both Asian and American chefs now make use the company’s products, which include oyster sauce, soy sauce and hoisin sauce, which are available at mainstream supermarkets and restaurants; and Tsang has consulted with food industry household names such as Applebee’s, BJ’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Panda Restaurants, TGIF, McDonald’s, Pillsbury, Nestle and Uncle Ben’s.
Tsang also serves as the president of the Asian Food Trade Association and sits on the board of the Hong Kong Association of Southern California.