DailyDirt: Sriracha Apocalypse Watch

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Many people are freaking out about the potential shortage of Sriracha, the popular hot sauce (aka "rooster sauce") that has taken the world by storm, after it was reported that the new Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California, was facing a potential shutdown due to noxious fumes coming from the plant -- generated by chili pepper processing -- that were causing eye and throat irritation, as well as headaches, in nearby residents. A judge has now ordered the makers of Sriracha, Huy Fong Foods Inc., to stop any work that generates irritating fumes. While the smelly factory may not be welcome in Irwindale, at least two other cities (Philadelphia and Denton, TX) have suggested that the makers of Sriracha sauce relocate to their neck of the woods. In the meantime, here are a few links with more information about Sriracha, as well as potential alternative hot sauces. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2013 @ 5:25pm

    Sriracha is ok if you are going for it's taste and not it's heat. On the heat side it doesn't offer much. The Crystal Hot Sauce mentioned doesn't really rate for heat at all. It's more like watered down ketchup.

    If you need heat in your dish there are tons of hot sauces out there but the majority of them fail to live up to their name. Personally I like Dave's Insanity Sauce. Not for taste but for heat. My palate doesn't require scorching the taste buds beyond recognition to notice the heat but does require something more than the standard line of not really hot hot sauces.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2013 @ 5:33pm

    i love hot sauce, but my advanced age won't let me enjoy them very often anymore.

    sriracha is one i like a lot. good hot sauce is not about heat. it is about flavor. heat is good, but flavor is what it is all about, and sriracha knocks it out of the park.

    a brand of mexican sauce is my fave, though. especially one that is said to be a mayan recipe and is cooked up fat middle of mayan country in the yucatan peninsula. also a couple of sauces from santiago, just south of monterrey that i think are special.

    but sriracha is right there with them in my opinion. none of these can be beaten. i hope they get the factory situations straightened out soon. i still recall the odors from hopewell shutting down fort lee when i was in rigger school and the paper factory in savannah. we contractors were working almost outdoors in trailers out back in savannah and we couldn't get away from that awful stench.

    ah, memories.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2013 @ 5:36pm

    Sriracha is freaking awesome!!

    The best hot sauce I've used by far and then some!

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Dec 13th, 2013 @ 5:44pm

    Good for some stuff

    Personally, I prefer to make my own hot sauce, but in a pinch, Sriracha is a good substitute to use in spicy dishes, or to spice up too-bland stuff. I hope they find a good home that appreciates them.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 13th, 2013 @ 7:21pm

    I'm with Andrew Zimmerman. Stuff is overrated. I'll take Tabasco or Tapatio sauce over that any day of the week, and that is just naming the common stuff.

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    Pixelation, Dec 13th, 2013 @ 10:47pm

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 14th, 2013 @ 3:47am

    This is just like Christmas everyone is talking(or typing) and I have no idea what anyone is saying.

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    allengarvin (profile), Dec 14th, 2013 @ 9:09am

    "And if you just can't get away from Sriracha, you can try the Thailand-made Shark Brand Sriracha sauce."

    That is the normal brand I use. I keep a bottle in the fridge at work and at home. It's runnier than Huy Fong, and a little sweeter as well. Sriracha is great for an ingredient for all kinds of thai type sauces. I rarely just dump it on stuff when I'm at home.

    BUT! Huy Fong's is found everywhere, and it's great to add to burgers or pizza or banh mi or whatever, when you're out eating.

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    Tom (profile), Dec 14th, 2013 @ 10:21am

    Definitely a fan of tobanjan. I usually only find it at import stores, but we always keep some on hand. In addition to being the primary ingredient in Mabo-dofu, it's great in ramen and stir fry.

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    JBDragon, Dec 16th, 2013 @ 9:29am

    Where I work we're soon getting into making SUSHI ROLLS for sale and so in testing we have this stuff. We've had it in the Fridge but I didn't know what it was. A lot of the Filipino's who work here have been using it. Getting into Sushi testing, I had the stuff for the first time. Man is it great. I love hot sauce. These days, I can't take it as strong as I used to. It's not super spicy hot, but it is hot, but it's the taste that's really good. It's also great on all kinds of foods. Try it on Pizza, it's a winner!!!

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2013 @ 12:19pm


    If you're making sushi, why wouldn't you use wasabi?

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    robert spano, Dec 16th, 2013 @ 2:05pm

    Marie Sharp's Habanero and Nopale sauce is one of the tastiest. Very complex, spicy and great on eggs!

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