Fans of the (now infamous) Thai-based hot sauce known as Sriracha can rejoice, it’s now available in convenient and portable packets. That means that you don’t have to rely on the restaurant to have your favorite hot sauce, you can bring it with you.
I have friends who will tell you that going to a Chinese food restaurant that doesn’t have Sriracha ruins the entire meal. It’s almost the first thing they ask for, and they pile the stuff on their food like they were trying to paint the plate with it. It’s red red red on top of stir fried veggies and meat.
I’m going to be honest, if you check in my refrigerator you’re going to find a half-full bottle of Sriracha. And not because I order so much Asian food that I need the sauce handy. I have it because I regularly use it to cook with (and yes, to improve the taste of food I’ve ordered or made). However, I don’t have to have it. I can live without it. In other words, I won’t be ordering the packets myself.
For those of you can’t imagine a meal without the chili sauce, all you have to do is pay $14.99 for a 50 pack (plus tax and shipping) and you’ll be able to carry it in your bag, briefcase, or purse. But I suggest that you ask if they have it in the restaurant before using your own stash.
And if you’re truly adventurous and want to try your hand at making your own Sriracha … because really the $3 cost of the 17oz bottle can add up … the Los Angeles Times claims that all you need is:
- 1 pound mixed fresh red chiles (such as red Fresnos or jalapeños), stemmed and chopped
- 2 to 4 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup cane or rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, more if desired
- 2 tablespoons palm or light brown sugar, more if desired
PLUS you’ll have to follow the instructions. Good luck!
I think I’ll just keep on getting mine from the grocery store. In bottles.
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Image courtesy of Sriracha2go.