Monday, April 11, 2011

Things I Love: Part One

Tuong ot Siracha hot chili sauce is the best hot sauce in the world.

Some people like Tabasco, some people like Texas Pete's, some people like Cholula, but I love Siracha sauce! Most hot sauces are 90% vinegar, or more. There is nothing wrong with vinegar, it has its uses, but I prefer a sauce whose ingredients are full of flavor, and work less as filler. Siracha sauce does still have vinegar, but the majority of it is made up of chili paste, garlic, sugar and salt.

The name comes from Si Racha, a town in Chonburi Province, Thailand. That makes sense since I love Thai food, too. Apparently, the version you can buy in Thailand is thicker, tangier, and sweeter. I would love to try it, but I also like the American version just fine.

I have no idea what the significance of the Rooster is, but the Huy Fong Foods version featuring it on the label is often known as Rooster Sauce, or Cock Sauce, which are both kind of gross.

Bon Appetit featured Siracha Sauce as on of the best ingredients of the year in 2010.

Do you have a favorite condiment?

54 comments:

Sarah said...

I don't usually use sauce, but I DO add Thai red chili powder to most of my dinners. My kids hate spicy, so I just keep the bottle at the table and sprinkle it over my own food.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You nailed it, Matt. That's my favorite, too. And boy do I squirt it on everything. Okay, almost everything. It's not too hot on ice cream. ;)

Talei said...

A timely post. I just ate chicken and avocado with my SIRACHA sauce for lunch. I slather everything in that chilli sauce - absolutely, my fav!

Chris Phillips said...

The best sauce is gyoza sauce, a lot like soy, but with more garlic/other stuff.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

While this is awesome, I still see it as 'cock sauce,' and there are only certain times when I want to put cock sauce in my mouth.

It's a #2 for me. #1 has to be Tapatillo, in my mind.

Ted Cross said...

I love guacamole, especially if I make it myself. I so miss my tostadas when I am overseas. We usually can't even get avocados here, and when we can they can run ten or twelve bucks apiece for very bad quality ones.

Bish Denham said...

Maybe the rooster signifies that it will make you crow. (I don't do hot. Never have, not even pepper. Don't like the pain.)

Sommer Leigh said...

You know, I've been asked a lot of strange things in my life, but my favorite condiment? I think that's a first.

I like hybrid condiments - ones I make by mixing two or more regular condiments. My favorite is cocktail sauce and mayo. Mayo and ketchup is also great. Hot sauce and butter make an excellent buffalo sauce.

I had no idea I had so much to say on the subject. Excellent post :-) I also like the hot chili sauce you mention, but I don't use it often.

Ishta Mercurio said...

I love Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce. I put it in baked beans, avocado halves with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and all sorts of other things.

I also love aioli, otherwise known as garlic mayonnaise. YUM. It's the best thing for dipping anything bread into: pizza crusts, french bread, garlic bread, you name it. My mouth is watering.

Clarissa Draper said...

I have two favorite condiments:

(a) Cream Cheese - and yes, it's a condiment. I put the damn stuff on everything. (Hmm, that could explain my hips...)

(b) I think this can only be found in Mexico: it's mayo with Chipotle peppers--spicy and oh so delicious!

I think if I stopped eating just these two items, I could lose a stone or two.

Emily White said...

My husband would have to agree with you! :) I, personally, don't like hot sauce, but the hubs likes it on everything.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Hmm...must be something in the air. I was writing about Tahini sauce yesterday. (tahini+lemon juice+garlic+salt=yum) I also make lots of yogurt-based sauces and love mint sauce with lamb. :)

Geoff said...

I love Taco Bell's Fire Sauce. Seriously. I keep packets and packets of it around for all kinds of things other than actual Taco Bell.

So good...

Josh Hoyt said...

I do not like the tabasco sauce or the real hot stuff that leaves my mouth burning. I enjoy flavor a mix of flavors that comes from a good homemade salsa.

rinns said...

Oh my. Just LOOKING at that sauce makes me sweat. I can hardly even handle sweet chilli sauce. D:

Steve Abernathy said...

We call Siracha "The Chicken"; I like it on everything but eggs. For eggs I use Tapatio.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

my brother loves siracha. Me? I can't handle spice...

Old Kitty said...

English Mustard!

:-) Take care
x

Carrie said...

The kids I baby sit for made me try this as part of the "You have to try everything on your plate" rule. I'm glad they did. It saved me when I visited my sister and had the blandest red curry sauce ever. We also have a bottle at work and have recently talked about drinks we can make with siracha.

Michael G-G said...

Thumbs up for Thai.

aspiring_x said...

i don't think i've ever tried hot sauce at all... i would have to go with honey or kc masterpiece bbq sauce. i hate ketchup, mustard, and mayo. blech! *shivers*

Justine Dell said...

I don' use a lot of condiments, actually. Normally my food is just spicy! I love spicy!

IF if I had to pick a favorite ... I would go with bbq sauce. ;-)

~JD

Joanne Brothwell said...

Ketchup. Picky kids like it. Picky grandpa's like it. You can't go wrong with ketchup - unless it isn't Heinz!

Lori M. Lee said...

That sauce is one of the staples of my refrigerator. YUM!

Kelly said...

I don't put hot sauce on anything; my taste buds are wusses. But my son and hubby love it! Will have to surprise them with this sauce sometime!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

My son is a hot sauce freak. I'll have to find him some of that sauce!! :-)

Lydia K said...

Matt, you are too cool. I'll say it again--you are too cool.

I love this stuff. I use it in stir fries and I love it a hot bowl of pho. Yum!

Jess said...

This stuff was a must have when I worked trail crew for the forest service--it made our dried food taste pretty :)

David Powers King said...

I completely agree. I have a big bottle of that stuff to satisfy my "need for spice" cravings.

Linda Gray said...

Pickled ginger, hands down. doesn't go with everything, exactly, but yum!

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TL Conway said...

Fav condiment? Ranch, hummus, mayo...

I'm slightly afraid of hot stuff (some would say I'm afraid of flavor), but I do like a good Thai peanut sauce!

Angie said...

My favorite is probably good old ranch dressing. I will have to introduce my husband to this hot sauce.

Nicole L Rivera said...

Ketchup all the way. It's sweet, it's savory, it's made of tomatoes so it's good for you...right?!

Shari said...

Fry sauce. Nothing beats it. And, just so ya know, after all the hoopla about your hot sauce, I had to go get a drink of milk.

Katie Mills said...

they french mcdonalds have a special sauce for fries. That mixed with ketchup is by far my favorite. But I also love REAL mayonaise, made from scratch.

Candyland said...

ranchranchranch. except for during this trimester. blech.

Hannah Kincade said...

I like to call that "cock sauce" because I can't remember how to pronounce the real name. I love that stuff. Give me a bottle of cock sauce and rotissere chicken and I'm a happy girl.

Marsha Sigman said...

Ketchup. On everything. Even eggs. Sometimes I use bar-b-q sauce if I am feeling particularly daring.

Am I the only one a little disturbed by the term 'cock sauce'?

Eric W. Trant said...

Habanero hot sauce and garlic. We put it on just about everything.

- Eric

Rachel Searles said...

Does lemon juice count as a condiment? I think just about everything tastes better with a little lemon juice on it...

Tracey Neithercott said...

I'm addicted to green pepper sauce. I put it on everything. That and vinegar and lemon. I think I have a problem with acidic foods.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Now I feel like a spicy stirfry...

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Yeah, those names wouldn't work for me either! Some things just don't translate. :)

Anita said...

I craved mustard when I was pregnant. Plain old French's. Lots of it!

BTN Hip Hop said...

oh man i love that shit

LTM said...

LOL! You so funny... :D Does hummus count? I usually slap it on everything.

But I have to say, thanks for the breakdown on this one. I personally don't care for Tabasco b/c it's so vinegary. (I know, I'm waiting for my "La. traitor" letter...) This I might like... :D

Kylie say: Yeah, you will. Girl!

IanBontems said...

A kindred spirit!
I love the siracha, and it is great with virtually everything.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Any varient of hot sauce will do!

Lindsay said...

I'm not really into hot sauce, but I do like ketchup. I love soy sauce as well. I know it's weird, but I have it as a dressing on salad. LOL.

Christina Lee said...

I knew I liked you for a reason (And I like this segment you're doing-keep going)!!

erica and christy said...

My husband just voted this "Greatest blog post ever."
erica

Shain Brown said...

I know you live in Ga and since I am in Florida we should have some of the same stores. Where can I get this? I love hot sauce.

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a sauce my son would adore!! I like teriyaki anything :)

Myrna Foster said...

I've never tried it. Thanks for the recommendation!