What is (and in) Sriracha Sauce?
How does it differ from other hot sauces?
Sriracha Sauce is southeast Asian (Thai, Vietnamese) spicy condiment. It is a paste of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. It's really wonderful. If you purchase it, buy the bottle that has a picture of the rooster--its nickname is 'rooster sauce'.
Or, you can make your own, thanks to edamame's great recipe:
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Phyllis has it pretty much down. And it is an amazing rags to riches success story as far as its pedigree. The guy who came up with the idea was selling it door to door to Asians restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley and now it appears on just about every restaurant breakfast table in Southern California. It's hot but not overpowering hot. It has an almost floral aftertaste to it, which good pepper sauces should deliver.
The one with the rooster on it with the green cap is Huy Fong Foods, Inc. Good stuff!
It's very garlicky compared to most American and Mexican hot sauces we keep around. I agree that the rooster one is really good. I want to try the homemade version, though!
Most hot sauces taste too much of vinegar for me, so Sriracha is absolutely one of my favorites... I can't think of anything I haven't put it on!
I use Sriracha when I want heat without too much vinegar tang. Cook down some onions and peppers, add ground coriander and enough Sriracha to make it wet and you've got an awesome condiment for bratwurst etc.
The Huy Fong is also a bit thicker than other hot sauces
I have used the "rooster sauce" for years. Huy Fong makes a very good product, but after making edamame's recipe (see TiggyBee's link above} I'll never use the rooster sauce again unless it's an emergency, and I don't have, or have time to make edamame's recipe.
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