Saturday, October 29, 2005

Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce

After being stung by the hot sauce bug, I just couldn't get spicyness off my mind. Going through the backposts of The Smoking Tongue didn't help either. My usual weekend breakfast of sausages, hash browns and eggs just didn't taste right anymore.

I realise that Project Flaming Grasshopper Framing Glasshopper is going to take really really long. In fact, it might probably not even take off at all (as with most projects that are initiated on impulse and not thought out properly).

So, loaded with good portion of my weekly budget, I went sauce hunting. Tesco... LIDL.... FarmFoods... and finally, just as I was close to giving up, I decided to stop by a small Chinese Supermarket called Ai Hua.. and found this!! :

As I was happily skipping home swinging my Sriracha in hand, I realised something was not right. I do recall seeing an entry on Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce in The Smoking Tongue.

There's supposed to be an elegant rooster as the logo, ... mine's a bloody DUCK! Oh crap, I might have just bought an imitation, a caplang pirated version.

Disheartened, I quickened my pace, reached home, and started doing some research on WTF I just bought.

Other than the ruddy duck taunting me with it's non-proportional wings, I noticed another thing amiss. Sriracha sauce is supposed to be by Huy Fong, not Nhan Con Ngong Kui Whatever

Oh bugger. And I paid 2 pounds for this.

From the Huy Fong Counterfeit Notice :
4. Finally, our bottle has 'Huy Fong USA' embossed on the bottom of our bottle. The counterfeit does not.

Mine says Erotic Exotic Food.

Wait.. did they say USA? Sriracha doesn't sound very American to me. Something just doesn't add up here. Time fore more googling.

From Wikipedia:
"Sriracha is the generic name for a South-East Asian hot sauce from Thailand, although one of the most famous brands is American. It is named after the seaside town Si Racha, where it was first produced as a local product. In fact, some Thais found the American brand perplexing, as Sriracha is thought to be a unique brand from that town, as the western equivalent would be Tabasco sauce. It is made from sun-ripened chile peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt."

Ahh... So mine's not an imitation after all :) . There are quite a few Sriracha sauce out there.

And mine's from Thailand! Can't get more original than that!

Based on scattered sources (newsgroups, recipe pages), in the UK, you usually get the Flying Duck Brand Sriracha sauce (the one I got) instead of the Huy Fong Rooster ones. Also, the Rooster one is HOTTER while the bloody duck is more sour. Crap.

SRIRACHA HOT CHILLI SAUCE, made from sun ripen chilli. Can't wait to try it tonight!


At October 31, 2005 7:49 pm, Blogger Smoking Tongue said...

Oh ho, man, that bites!
What a total rip off. Not only did they use the same type of bottle, a similar white logo, but they got the green cap right too!

I feel for you. Hopefully it'll do the job.

At October 31, 2005 8:02 pm, Blogger shawnchin said...

Well, to be honest, I'm kinda disappointed. Even the dried chillies I keep in my kitchen can kick it's ass anytime.

Thinking of throwing in some 'capital' into my Flaming Grasshopper project, kick start things a little. Then I should be able to get my first bottle within a few weeks.

I'm hoping all the waiting will make the experience even better ;) It usually does!


At June 28, 2009 4:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I got the same brand here in Germany. And I fucking LOVE this sauce! I don't care if its an imitation, I just like the taste of it :)

But my bottle is running low now and the market I got it from doesnt have it anymore, and I can't find it anywhere else in my city :(

At February 15, 2011 9:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, dude,
why're you so bugged about this sauce? I've tryed it myself and I can't let go of it ever since! It comes with different flavors, e.g. onion, garlic, lemongras, x-tra hot, etc. I love the lemongras one the most. The colour of the cap depends on the flavor. I use this sauce on almost everything, got really addicted! ;)

At April 29, 2012 9:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a goose, not a duck.

At November 28, 2013 8:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering about that. Thanks for clearing it up for me, man!


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