Reminiscing about the countless times I’ve been to Vietnamese Pho Restaurants, there has always been one constant: Sriracha Hot Sauce. This sweet, spicy, and tangy package of ground chili has smothered delicacies ranging from soups and pastas to even pizzas and hot dogs for the longest time. But for what reason?
“It adds a necessary zest and hotness to food without the vinegar aftertaste of tobasco sauce,” says one of our readers.
“It’s tangy and spicy. It’s got kick to it! I started getting so attached to this as a kid living. When my parents took us out for Pho- vietnamese noodles. I fell inlove with Siracha!! My soup bowl of noodles would have christmas colors red broth and floating green cilantro and green onions.” -tribe.net member
Now that you’ve heard what some people are saying, here’s the SAPL smackdown: Sriracha is loved by asians because it is in fact an Asian Product (of Thailand), it is multipurpose in uses, and it’s a libido booster. It also embodies the Chinese Zodiac’s very own Rooster, which is known for having various distinct traits.
Many don’t know the origins of the Sriracha Sauce because it has been so commercialized that the sauce we now use isn’t even the original thai product. (The Huy Fong Foods product has sodium bisulfate as a preservative. It is also chunkier, giving it the consistency of ketchup.) Nevertheless, it is still an Asian Product…
A very versatile Asian product indeed:
“Quite possibly one of the greatest inventions in the universe. I use this on so many things, it’s ridiculous. Anyone else use it to spice up spaghetti sauce? YUM!!! ” says Delilah.
It’s used on Scrambled Eggs, Salad Dressing, Pad Thai, Steak Sauce, Corn on a Cob, Pizza, Buffalo Wings, and even Pop Corn. In a pinch, it could even work as mace, as many asian women carry a bottle of Sriracha with them just in case an occasion arises. Talk about being prepared.
Sriracha Sauce is also partly responsible for the high population level in Asia. Mentioned in a previous post, spicy foods are libido boosters because they cause blood vessels to dilate which allows better circulation of blood. Every Asian (heck every man) knows the importance of being able to get blood to certain areas of their bodies as quickly as possible (no, not the brain). Are you still wondering why Asians comprise 60% of the world population with 3.8 Billion People (20% of which are solely in China and India)?
And people everywhere know the distinct Rooster Branding that goes with Sriracha Sauce as well. The Rooster symbol has become synonymous with tangy and zesty-ness (if that’s a word). Thousands of years before, however, Asians developed a Zodiac system which gave identity to the Rooster. According to Wikipedia, “the Rooster is very observant, brave, and resilient. Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, at a party or just a social gathering. They are also constantly seeking attention.”
A bottle of Sriracha is bright red (quite easy to notice), watches keenly over every bowl of Pho or food it is complimenting, and is always surrounded by people. I guess the Si-Rache inhabitants were very meticulous in choosing an animal that would represent their product the best.
Now that this inconspicuous red bottle has been dissected down to a science, there is still a matter of finding out where to purchase it. Sriracha (Sree-Raw-Chaw), due to high commercialization, can be found at your local grocery stores. More recently, it’s been showing itself at larger stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. If you’re ever in doubt though, there’s always an Asian Supermarket waiting for you down the street. Heck, use it as an opportunity to practice your Chinese, talk about your childrens’ college aspirations, get a pedicure (save for later post), and purchase some fresh produce all at the same time.
Asians love Sriracha Sauce because it takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. It gives Michael Jackson back his original facial structure. It gives asians an incentive to procreate. It reminds Asians of the Rooster’s zodiac characteristics. That’s the beauty of Asia. You always get more than you ask for. Sriracha Sauce embodies all that is good in Asian Cuisine– offering an added zest to food that was mediocre at best. (yes, I rhymed). Good night.
And yes, Asians aren’t the only people that love it!
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