Sunday, September 13, 2015
What's up with the latest Sriracha Hot Sauce Craze?
At any fiery rate, this hot sauce isn't bad, but I don't get what all the hoopla & ballyhoo is about. It is just red chili peppers (or red jalapenos) mixed with a bit of sugar, salt, garlic, and vinegar, more or less. I know that most great hot sauces are relatively simple to make and generally consist of very few ingredients, but this one seems to be gaining a little extra steam in the U.S. lately.
Here's a quote from another website that spoke highly of this particular condiment craze: "Although Sriracha sauce (a.k.a. "rooster sauce") has only been on the scene since the 1980s, it is quickly taking the culinary world by storm. Its flavor is unique, addictive, and wildly versatile." Source = http://foodreference.about.com/od/Ethnic_Ingredients/a/Sriracha-Sauce.htm
Personally, I'd like the rooster sauce better if they left the garlic off. Garlic can make some foods taste better, but it seems to conflict with the yummy pepper taste, in my opinion. The added sugar is a plus, though. I think it would be best if the sriracha hot sauce was mixed with ketchup and used as a dipping sauce replacement for certain foods (seafood, fries, etc.) Overall, I'd still give it a decent rating, but it just seems to be a bit overrated. Perhaps it's the name that's fueling most of the fire. I guess it sounds more cool to say "pass the Sriracha" as opposed to saying "hand me the hot sauce." I dunno...
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