What is Sriracha?


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Sriracha is a hot or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, salt, sugar and garlic. Named after the city of Si Racha in Thailand, it can be used as a dipping sauce or condiment for Asian dishes or used on eggs, burgers and soup.

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In the United States, Sriracha is most commonly associated with the sauce produced by Huy Fong Goods, Inc. in Irwindale, California. The rooster on the bottle is the Chinese zodiac sign of the sauce's founder, David Tran. He first bottled the sauce in recycled baby food jars and delivered the product to friends and family in Vietnam via bicycle. In 1980, he was accepted as a refugee in the United States and began manufacturing the sauce in Los Angeles, California, near Chinatown.

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