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Sriracha 101: Dispelling myths and misinformation about Sriracha

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 5, 2013 08:40pm | Post a Comment

Huy Fong sriracha (source: NPR)


As much as I try to resist the urge to be a know-it-all (and recognize the fact that I don’t, in fact, even know that much – especially about the very things most worth knowing), occasionally I have to get all Bobby Fletcher (the famous checkersmaster) and drop some science of the sort that's right under your nose. It's 2013 and everyone loves sriracha now, dear but few have their facts straight.



THE RISE IN VIETNAMESE FOOD'S PROFILE


The Hanoi Cooking Center (image source: Global Travel Mate)

In the last decade or so, masses of semi-adventurous, non-Vietnamese Angelenos discovered Vietnamese cuisine. While many non-Vietnamese Asian-Americans had long known about Vietnamese food (and the rooster sauce that is ubiquitous at Southern California Vietnamese restaurants), Vietnamese food's profile skyrocketed when they it when white folks declared it the new Thai.

Overnight these pasty palatal pioneers proclaimed their undying passion for ph? (although they oddly defied Vietnamese convention by eating it primarily at lunch and supper times). In American Vietnamese restaurants they first encountered Huy Fong’s sriracha sauce and they eagerly squirted copious amounts of it directly into their soup, obliterating its flavor in the process, showing off their hipness and cluelessness in equal measure. Eventually some of these foodie types discovered bánh mì too, which they probably paid about eight dollars for because they waited for Vietnamese food to come to Silver Lake and Echo Park rather than venture to its natural environs in San Gabriel Valley or North Orange County. Seemingly after every last Angeleno formed an opinion on cock sauce its legend traveled to Houston and New York.

(In which we wish you were here.)

Posted by Job O Brother, June 14, 2010 11:12am | Post a Comment
 
Yes, please!

It’s an unfortunate reality that not everyone in the Universe can know Jaime Lefcovich. Those of us who do have the pleasure miss her awfully, as she has escaped the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave for the adventure of discovering Thailand, where she can master the art of ayurvedic medicine (which is not Thai in origin, but is what she’s practicing there) while eating all the เนื้อผัดพริก she can fit into her purdy mouth.

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