What Is Sriracha?


Here we will give the details to answer your burning question (pun intended 🤣), What Is Sriracha? All you need to know about sriracha, from how it is pronounced, to its history, and the sauce’s secret ingredients is explained here. 

How It Is Pronounced

Sriracha sauce is pronounced as: see-ROTCH-ah. This sauce comes in a clear squeeze bottle, with a green lid, and a large picture of a rooster on the side, which is where it received its nickname of rooster sauce. 

Origins Of The Hot Sauce

The hot sauce was named after Si Racha which is a town, located on the eastern coast of Thailand. This Thai city is where the hot sauce was first created by Ms. Thanom Chakkapak, but at that point it was known as Sriraja Panich. She started off making it for close friends and family, when they loved it so much, she started producing the sauce commercially and selling it. Needless to say, her special hot sauce, quickly gained popularity throughout Thailand and spread on from there. 

The hot sauce was introduced to the United States at large by David Tran, who was a Vietnamese immigrant in 1980. He began producing and selling his own version of the sauce created today by Huy Fong Foods. This is the sauce that we would identify today as sriracha sauce.

Where It Is Made?

The original producer of sriracha sauce in the United States, is Huy Fong Foods. While there are others who have created knock off versions of the sauce, when we say sriracha sauce, the sauce produced by Huy Fong Foods in Los Angeles, California with the rooster on the bottle, is the especially delicious hot sauce that would come to the minds of most individuals. 

Sriracha Sauce Today

The hot sauce that can be acquired today is a sweet, yet tangy sauce type paste that has a base ingredient of Chile peppers. Sriracha is a hot sauce that is thicker and on a spicy scale, not quite as hot as sauces like the Louisiana style Tabasco sauce and Frank’s RedHot sauce. 

The hot sauce can be found in many grocery stores today, in the international foods aisle, or at an Asian food market. You could even try making your own sriracha sauce at home using our recipe below.

Main Ingredients 

While the ingredients on the label of Huy Fong Foods sriracha sauce remains somewhat a mystery, the main ingredients for sriracha sauce include, red Chile peppers, vinegar, salt, sugar and garlic. 

Sriracha sauce is a type of hot sauce that is relatively thick, tangy, yet slightly sweet in flavor. It originated from Thailand, but has become very popular in the United States today. 

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