So you put Sriracha on everything you eat, huh? Big whoop, buster. Join the club. Here's the real test of loyalty: Does your saucepertise extend beyond practical application? Do you understand where Sriracha's coming from, and where it's going, and what lies deep in its soul? Now is the Moment of Truth.
Please note: There are more versions of the sauce around now than you can shake a stick at, but all the questions here refer to the original version of (American-style) Sriracha made by Huy Fong Inc.
So fresh and so green. Accept no substitutes.
The five main ingredients are chiles, vinegar, sugar, salt, and garlic. The bottle also lists potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfite (preservatives), and xanthan gum (an emulsifier).
Thus the affectionate nickname "rooster sauce."
Huy Fong founder David Tran was born in Vietnam and first started experimenting with hot sauces there, but emigrated to the United States and started his business in Rosemead, CA.
Huy Fong was founded in 1980 and started selling the Sriracha we know and love a few years later.
The sauce is made with red jalapenos grown nearby in California. They're mainly harvested in September and October and are processed less than a day after picking.
In the words of saucemaster David Tran: "Hot sauce must be hot. If you don't like it hot, use less. We don't make mayonnaise here."
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That's enough to fill about five Olympic-size swimming pools.
The ingredients are written in Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French, Spanish.
"rooster sauce""little fire""the glory of our king"
The sauce is named after the town Sriracha in Thailand, and this is a rough translation of the Thai word (sri = glory, and racha = king). You can read more about it here.
That sauce don't come cheap at about $21/gallon. Based on average U.S. prices 2009-2012, beer is around $10/gallon and gasoline around $3.60.
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Go ahead, consume vast quantities without guilt.
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The company has never advertised, preferring to let the sauce's legend spread by word of mouth. Seems to be working.