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A basic Chinese marinade now available in local markets, Soy Vay is becoming a word-of-mouth hit. Appropriately, that is how the whole story began more than three years ago at an office potluck on the Humboldt State University campus.
Heidi Chien, 31, the business service manager and accountant for University Center, had brought a dish prepared with a sauce of her native Hong Kong. It was a hit with all, including Eddie Scher, 25, the coordinator for productions and concessions for Center Arts.
Everybody liked it so much, Eddie recalls.
They started out on a small scale - a popular food booth at the North Country Fair in September of 1980. This small success was repeated at several other local events during the following months, including the Humboldt County Fair.