Sriracha



This site is dedicated to things sriracha.  I am keeping track of types of sriracha that will be on hand for the sriracha party along with other sriracha flavored goodies.  If people have descriptions of any flavors, I'll include those, too (I'm omitting my own review or including it in the "Description" section).  Also, here's a link to some photos from years past.

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 1. 
What sriracha party would be complete without the classic? 
 2. 
Mo went to Nancy's birthday party in China Town. They stopped at the market afterwards, where Mo saw this.  She was correct in her belief that I didn't have this bottle, and bought it for us.  What does the fox say? 
 3. 
Nancy, Mo, and I went to the Fat Rice restaurant (which was delicious -- if you have a chance to go).  They sold a pack of sauces, that included their own sriracha, "fatracha."  I couldn't help but buy us a bottle.   
 4. 
The Saigon Sisters started producing their own sriracha, which they sell at their restaurants.  When I heard, I drove down to the Chicago French Market and picked up a bottle for the party.  They call it "T-Racha Awesome Sauce," and the word "TU'O'NG O'´T  CAY" is written on the top of the bottle.  "Tu'o'ng o'´t" is Vietnamese for "Chili Sauce," and "Cay" is the adjective for "hot peppery."  
 5. 
Trader Joe's started making sriracha.  For the longest time, they were sold out in Chicagoland. Darin Aase, who first told me of their sriracha, told me his Trader Joe's had some.  A couple days after he did, I went down there and they told me they just sold out.  When the Evanston store finally had some, I immediately bought it.  I find this sriracha to have a lot less heat and a lot more garlic than the classic. 
 6. 
I attended my first concert at 17, and it was the Grateful Dead.  I've loved them practically my whole life and I even played guitar in a Grateful Dead Ensemble for a while.  One of my groom's men at my wedding (John Pruitt), not a Grateful Dead fan, worked security at the very last Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field in Chicago (July 9, 1995) and helped Jerry Garcia off the stage (Jerry leaned on John's shoulder).  The song "Dark Star" has been a favorite of Dead fans for years (a song complete with some lyrics from my favorite T.S. Eliot poem).  When I saw that there was a Dark Star Sriracha, how could I resist?  
 7. 
Mo went to Thailand for work and bought this bottle.  Incidentally, she went while I was studying Thai (she also brought me back a Thai alphabet coloring book; the only word I can still spell is ปลา, which is pronounced plaa -- she and I both learned [not from each other] that it meant "fish") .  She brought it back for me.  It looks empty, but it's not; it's on its side, so the little that's in there can't be seen well.  Mo really likes this variety of sriracha in her pineapple yogurt, but I prefer the original (this is still good, though).  What makes sriracha good in pineapple yogurt, you ask?  You want lower garlic content and higher heat. You should try some of this one before it's all gone! 
 8. 
Captain Sponge Foot Trading Company makes what they call "Sriracha Z" sauce (not to be confused with Tranzor Z).  I don't know if it was the name "Captain Sponge Foot" or the name "Sriracha Z" that made me want to try this one more.  I found it on amazon.com, believe it or not.  By the way, at the time that this photo was added and this entry was made  (11:45 A.M. on 2/9/2014), the url www.TranzorZ.com was still available... 
 9. 
Por Kwan brand, bought in an Asian market on Argyle, it's spicy and a little bit vinegary.   
 10. 
I had to order these little guys in a box.  Mo was mad that I bought a whole box of sriracha.   So, I gave many of these away at past sriracha parties to reduce our "home inventory."  When she read this, she pointed out "it wasn't a box, it was a case -- and we had a very tiny kitchen at the time."  There's one open one and one unopened one left. 
 11.

After buying the box, I also found this bottle at the store with the same little guy on the front.  However, this bottle says "Uncle Chen" on it.  All the markings are the same other than that the little bottles say "Chiliciously Hot."  I'm unclear if the "Ch" is for Chen or Chili and whether they're the same.  On the back, it says "Union International Food Co., Union City, CA" on Uncle Chen's bottle, but "Union International Food Co., Hayward, CA" on the little guys.  Is that just a distributor? 
 12. 
This is almost sacrilege -- a green sriracha!  It says "sriracha style" right on the label. Never tried, but I'm looking forward to doing so at the party.  It's made by Hotaru Foods. 
 13. 
The companion to the green sacrilege also says "sriracha style" right on the label. 
 14. 
Sur La Table makes their own sriracha (along with other sauces).  It's pretty tasty -- we've gone through a bottle already -- but like most things from them, pricey.  
 15. 
Polar, who makes other sauces, is another popular brand of sriracha.  But any other popular brand still isn't very popular compared to the original.  Still, it's worth a try. 
 16. 
Apparently, Dynasty Brand is "the leading brand of Asian specialty food ingredients in super markets" (from their web site).  They make sriracha, and here it is   
 17. 
You can get this one at Cost Plus World Market.  They also made a sriracha mayo, but I opted out of getting a bottle of that.  I do have mayo at home, and what if I prefer my sriracha mayo made with some sriracha other than theirs? 
 18. 
Yeo's makes a "Chili Sauce" that they call "Sweet."  It's pretty good if you like sweet sauces.  It was in the sriracha section at the market and I wanted to try a sweet alternative -- though I don't know if it's technically sriracha.  If you don't like that, you don't have to eat it. 
 19.

Lycopene is a bright red chemical found in tomatoes, and the word is featured prominently on this bottle of sauce.  This second sweet chili sauce also perhaps shouldn't make the list, but it did because of its location in the store with the sriracha.  It's produced by AGV Product Corporation.   
 20. 
I almost didn't want to buy this when it said "Sriracha Salsa Picante" on the bottle, but I still did.  In the words of the old salsa commercials, "New York City?!?"  Never tried.   
 21. 
Chua Huad Co., Ltd. makes "Gold Label Red Chili Sauce."  The peppers I used for my first batch of sriracha are on the label and I found it with the sriracha at the market, though whether it counts is also questionable.  As you see, I want to include more flavors rather than exclude them. 
 22. 
Trong Food International (I couldn't find their actual web site), out of Santa Ana, CA (where I always used to fly into and out of when I lived in CA) also made sriracha.  On the back, it says "Hottest Sriracha Chili Sauce," but it's not the hottest.  
 23.

Pantainoraingh has three different types of sriracha (that I have found), the first entitled "medium hot."  
 24.

This is Pantainoraingh's "Extra Hot" sriracha 
 25.This is Pantainoraingh's sriracha as well.  It has no heat label on it.  The color scheme is the same as the "Extra Hot," so eat with caution.  They also sell a gallon version of "sriracah hot chili," but I didn't know that I wanted a gallon -- can't that variety come in a reasonable size?  
 26.

Roland makes another fairly popular brand. 
 27. 
This bottle, by Vesin, also says "Picante" on the front.  
 28.
When I started looking for information on Captain Sponge Foot (#8 above), I came across a Kame Sriracha, which I'd never heard of and ordered a bottle.  
 
 29.   
Carolina Reaper Puree is made from the Carolina Reaper pepper, the world's hottest pepper according to Guinness Book of World Records 2013.  This puree is made in vinegar much like the process for sriracha (so technically, it's not sriracha -- but it's close enough and has enough gimmick to it to make it worth including).  I wonder if anyone will try this sauce. 
 30.

Organicville makes a gluten free sriraca that they call "Sky Valley."  I don't know what the deal with the name is, and haven't yet tried the flavor. 
 31.


Shark Brand by Kosol-Ampa makes another sriracha that is pretty popular.  And now, an XKCD cartoon dealing with sharks... 
 32.       


Chris Beasley sent me a link to this article, which inspired me to promptly obtain this bottle of green sriracha from Musashi Foods Inc. 
 33. 
Last year's batch of home made sriracha.  
 Will there be more sriracha found before the party?  Only time will tell.

NOT PICTURED:  The batches of home made sriracha from the past.  I have some form the first and second party.
  

These aren't sriracha sauces per se, but are sriracha flavored treats that you can expect to find at the party (unless they all get eaten -- quantities of some of these are limited).  

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I saw this bottle at Binny's and bought it.  People wanted to try it for months before the party, but it was off limits until the date.  I wonder how it will compare to the bottle of my own sriracha pepper infusion (whose color is not red).  
 
 I stopped into Cost Plus World Market in Evanston after my doctor's appointment and saw these on a shelf.  I couldn't resist. 
 
Kettle Brand started making sriracha flavored potato chips.  I bought a box of them.  One night, some friends came over to play Settlers of Catan.  Other than the one bag that Mo and I had split the week before, the entire box went that evening.  I hid away a last bag for the party.  I also found another bag for sale, so there's only two bags -- try them while they last... 
 
In the movie Chocolat, we're told that pepper and chocolate go well together.  Here's a chance to test it out. 
 
Amy and I started dating in 2010.  The first time I introduced to to a number of my friends was at the 2011 sriracha party.  Luckily, she likes sriracha, too.  We gave bottles of this sriracha honey away to all our guests at our wedding.  We still have a few left that we'll be sharing. 
 
I don't know that people want to go sharing this, but I have a tube of sriracha lip balm I bought from J & D's Foods. 
 
Lay's potato chips sponsored a contest called "Do Us A Flavor."  It was so successful, the contest is running again.  One of the top three finalists in their first contest was sriracha (alas, it didn't win; I also submitted a "Sizzlin' Sriracha" entry that year [and a "Sriracha and Bacon" this year]).  I have one bag left that I'll share at the party -- it's supposedly fresh until July. 
 
Yes, there are even sriracha bitters.  There's a recipe on the back for a sriracha sazerac -- I've had it, and it's quite good.  I have all the ingredients other than herbsaint (and I have a different brand of whiskey), but it tastes pretty good without it. If you want the authentic recipe (except for the different brand issue), bring some herbsaint 
 
 Okay, not edible...  but it gives me some guidance on recipes to make with sriracha, which are edibel. 
 
 Even more guidance... 
 
 Nine Palm Trees makes various edible goodies.  One of their treats was sriracha salt. 
 
 This year, Lollyphile made sriracha bacon flavored lollipops.  They're not vegetarian friendly. 
 
Lollyphile makes all sorts of flavors of lollipops.  Last year, they started making sriracha flavored ones!  There's a lot, so many can try. 
 
 Okay, it's not edible.  But it keeps the place smelling nice.  I have one in my car, too... 
 
 The first time I made my own sriracha, I had too many peppers (what!?  like that's possible).  So,  took several of the and put them in a bottle of vodka to infuse.  This bottle has remained in my freezer and has moved apartments with me to a new freezer.  I'm happy to share some with anyone who wants it.  It's so hot that I don't enjoy it.  I've tried to make a Bloody Mary with a small amount of it, and even that is too hot.  But I can't get myself to part with these remnants of my first home made sriracha... 
 
 This salt was made by the guy who wrote the sriracha cook book. 
 
This isn't sriracha flavored, but it is hot pepper flavored.  Actually, hot is the understatement of the century.  This is ghost pepper flavored (i.e., bhut jolokia, ভোট-জলকীয়া, naga jolokia).  If you don't know, the ghost pepper is the hottest naturally growing pepper (there are two hotter [#1 = Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper, #2 = Naga Viper Pepper], but they're genetically engineered) on the planet.  See this video. 
 
Yes, that is a skull shaped bottle filled with liquid with a hot pepper floating inside.  I haven't ever tried it, but figured it would be right at home at the sriracha party.  The back of the bottle reads:

"Pirate's Blood Capsomel.  "Capsomel" honey wine fermented with chilis japones peppers.  A firey hot sweet wine prized by buccaneers.  Smooth flavor with a fiery hot finish. "
 
 
The sriracha flavored Pringles are only available at Walmart.  I was a bit a reluctant to get them, but I still did. 
 
 I stopped at the gas station on the way to work to pick up some bottled water for my data.   There before me was a display of sriracha flavored Jack Links, so I picked some up. 
 
 My friend John Vitale brought me a bottle of this to work.  I am exerting a great deal of will power to save it for the party!  UPDATE:  All gone. 
 
Mo bought me this pepper growing kit.  You can see the peppers growing here.  I hope some are ripe for the party. 
 
I'm growing Carolina Reaper Peppers.  They're the hottest pepper on the planet.  They won't be ripe for the party, but maybe 2015? 
 
This plant is grown from a seed from the first sriracha I made.  The plant is doing great (see height comparison at the right before it was transplanted), but it's only ever given me one pepper.  I'm told sometimes they take a coupe years to give a good batch.  Maybe this year will be the year, but I doubt we'll have any by the party. 
Will there be more sriracha flavored treats?  Of course -- it's a pot luck!  

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