Sriracha is The Most Popular Asian Hot Sauce in a Squirt Bottle.
Seemingly the most popular Asian hot sauce is Thai – Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce – made by Huy Fong Foods of Rosemead, California. This hot sauce has a logo of a red rooster on the bottle along with translations of the ingredients and suggested uses into five languages: English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and French.
The Huy Fong version of Sriracha is called Tuong Ot Sriracha, which is Vietnamese for Sriracha Hot Sauce. The founder of Huy Fong Foods is Vietnamese, and he made Pepper Sate sauce in his native land before moving to Los Angeles, California in 1980. Then he developed three more sauces besides Sriracha: Chili Garlic Sauce, Sambal Oelek (Ground Chili Paste), Sambal Badjak (Chili Paste with Onions) All five Huy Fong chili sauces are made from red Jalapenos, no water or artificial colors, according to the company’s website. Sambal hot sauces can have ground shrimp; and they’re very popular in Indonesia and the Netherlands, the country that once occupied Indonesia.
Furthermore, the squirt bottle format is extremely convenient. You can use Sriracha on everything from burgers to pho (Vietnamese rice noodle stew salad). Some Vietnamese ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students I know enjoy mixing Sriracha with ketchup as a dipping sauce for French fries. The Huy Fong website gives a recipe for Buffalo wings using Sriracha hot sauce, together with butter.
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce has red Jalapenos, sugar, salt, garlic, distilled vinegar and a couple of preservatives. Fans of Mexican hot sauce would probably find the absence of tomatoes and presence of sugar surprising. Don’t worry, I like hot sauces from both regions, and I bet you will too.