Huy Fong Foods, Inc. - Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce - 28 oz. (793 g)
Huy Fong Foods, Inc. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is made from sun ripened chilies which are ground into a smooth paste along with garlic and packaged in a convenient squeeze bottle. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is excellent for adding a delicious, spicy kick to a wide variety of dishes. Like all Huy Fong Food’s sauces, only the highest quality ingredients are used, and never any artificial colors or flavorings.
Hot sauce creator, David Tran, began his chili making mastery in 1975 in Vietnam. During his humble beginnings, the unsurpassable genius produced his first hot sauce called Pepper Sa-te. He filled his Sa-te sauce in recycled glass baby food jars that then was sold and delivered by family members via bicycle. In 1979, his astounding voyage began by departing communist Vietnam on a Taiwanese freighter that was registered in Panama, named Huey Fong. Later that name became the inspiration namesake of his beloved company, Huy Fong Foods. After the United States accepted Tran as a refugee when no other countries would, he started right away doing what he did best — making hot sauce. So in 1980, he started his chili legacy in a 5,000 sq foot building nestled near Chinatown in Los Angeles. His creations included his Pepper Sa-te Sauce, Sambal Oelek, Chili Garlic, Sambal Badjak and Sriracha Hot Sauce. He was quite content just to sell whatever he could produce each day and deliver them to Asian restaurants and markets in his blue Chevy van – often driving as far as San Francisco and even San Diego. Believe it or not, Tran actually hand painted his first hot sauce logos onto that blue Chevy van himself! At that time, little did Tran realize his delectable sauces, particularly the iconic Sriracha Hot Sauce, made from just fresh jalapeño chili peppers, would spread like HOT wild fire…
Starting in a small shop in Chinatown and moving into a 68,000 square foot building in Rosemead, CA in 1986, the Huy Fong Foods, Inc. production of Sriracha sauce has increased every year. In 2010 the company had to open a new 650,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Irwindale, CA where they produce up to 20 million bottles per year, enough sauce to fill about five Olympic swimming pools. Still, the demand for the irresistibly spicy sauce is growing faster and faster.
The hot sauce that is, literally, out of this world. Unsurprisingly, Huy Fong Food's Sriracha is the hot sauce of choice on the world space station. They're sure the convenient plastic squeeze bottle had nothing to do with the selection.
Sriracha lovers around the world erupted into a state of utter horror and disbelief when they heard the rumor that production might be suspended indefinitely due to a lawsuit initiated by the city of Irwindale, home of the Huy Fong Foods, Inc. manufacturing plant. Get this, the city was complaining of the smell! What a strange turn of events, considering how many people have expressed great interest in a Sriracha perfume.
The manufacturing plant has rooftop vents with filters that absorb approximately 90% of the chilli and garlic odors from the processing exhaust, and Huy Fong has done everything in their power to better contain the delicious aromas. California is the home of Huy Fong Foods, Inc., and they’d like to keep it that way. So, with the assistance of Governor Jerry Brown’s office, an agreement was reached with the city to drop the suit. Add it to the state seal, shout it from the rooftops and break open that box you’ve been guarding with your life.
The clear iconic plastic squeeze bottle with a rooster logo filled with ravishing red spicy sauce and topped with a bright green cap is hard to miss, but beware the innumerable imitators.
David is picky about his peppers. Not only are they grown in the U.S.A., but they all come from one farm- Underwood Ranches located in Ventura County, California. Owned by Craig Underwood, this is the largest red pepper farm in the country, growing over 100 million pounds of peppers per year on 1,750 acres. Although this may sound like enough peppers to last through the next ice age, the supply must increase every year to meet the increasing demand for Huy Fong Foods sauces.
Every day over the 10-week harvest season, 30 semi loads of fresh peppers arrive at the factory doorstep within 2 hours of being picked, hot and ready to be processed in less than 24 hours. It’s a big job, but Craig only sells his peppers to David and David only buys his peppers from Craig. This unusual farmer- manufacturer relationship allows Huy Fong Foods to offer premium quality products made from peppers grown, picked and processed exclusively in California.
Originally invented for use in Pho soup and other traditional Vietnamese foods, Sriracha sauce has since infiltrated much of the Asian food industry, now widely used even by the top Sushi chefs to spice up a range of rolls and dishes.
As Sriracha's popularity grew, so did curiosity and an area of experimentation began. Users quickly discovered its endless versatility and compatibility with many different types of food including pizza, noodles, meat marinades, burgers, the list could go on for days.
“I’ll do what I want”, an enterprising gourmet chef exclaimed as he squeezed a glob of Sriracha sauce into a batch of hand-churned ice cream. You can now find Sriracha in many dessert dishes, making people jump with joy or plummet into speechless confusion at the fact that somehow, it works!