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Old 10-29-2013, 11:31 AM  
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Could Sriracha see an untimely demise?

I'm a big fan of sriracha, so this would make me sad...

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smar...ut-down-panic/

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In Irwindale, California, nose-y neighbors, sick of the supposedly strong chili smell emanating from the factory where Sriracha hot sauce is made, want the Huy Fong Foods factory shut down unless the odor can be abated. The city has filed a public nuisance lawsuit, says the Associated Press, “seeking temporary closure of the factory until Huy Fong submits a plan to minimize the smell.” CBS:
“The odors are so strong and offensive as to have caused residents to move outdoor activities indoors and even to vacate their residences temporarily to seek relief from the odors,” according to the suit.
Living next to a food processing plant is always a scented existence, and Huy Fong Foods has denied there’s a problem. But if the injunction goes through, it could spell bad news for hot sauce lovers everywhere.

The factory in Irwindale where Sriracha is now made opened just last year. At 650,000 square feet, says Quartz, the company can pump out up to 7,500 bottles of hot sauce each hour. Huy Fong Foods was started 33 years ago by Vietnamese refugee David Tran, and the company, says Quartz, has never raised its wholesale prices. If the Sriracha factory is shuttered, supply and demand may do what Tran never did. Canada might have a strategic maple syrup reserve, but if Sriracha goes out of production, there’s no emergency warehouse waiting to be tapped.

If the price of Sriracha skyrockets, where will the heat-seeking foodie turn? For the New Yorker, Lauren Collins details how chili sauces have grown into a massive industry.
Chilis have become an attractive business. According to a report by IBISWorld, a market-research firm, hot-sauce production is one of America’s ten fastest-growing industries, along with solar-panel manufacturing and online eyeglass sales.
Unfortunately, it seems, based on Collins’ account, the so-called “chiliheads” driving the hot sauce boom have been in a bid to best each other on one metric alone, Scoville units, a measure of hotness. With manufacturers racing to abandon taste for sheer burn, we can only hope the city of Irwindale and Huy Fong Foods can work out their differences before our bottle is empty.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:09 AM   #136
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Sounds like I'm going to have to head up the road to Quincy this weekend, so I can stock up.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #137
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Tell me more about this 'Chili Garlic....'

Anyone tried it? I love me some Sriracha but I've never tried their other varieties. I may have to grab some off amazon.
I actually prefer the Sambal Oulek to sriracha sauce. It's hotter and has more of a rustic/crude texture with actual chili flakes in it than the smooth sriracha.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:50 AM   #138
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I must be the only person on Earth that doesn't like this shit.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:55 AM   #139
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:00 PM   #140
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I guess i just dont have worms in my stomach to be able to eat sriracha crap. Its all terrible. Hope it goes away
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:00 PM   #141
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I must be the only person on Earth that doesn't like this shit.
As previously noted, it's not my favorite, but I do like it. I'm really in a cholula place right now.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:02 PM   #142
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His last name certainly looks Vietnamese, but I didn't see anything indicating his nationality. Point stands either way.
It was in the Quartz article about Sriracha.

Vietnamese immigant guy started making it because he couldn't find any good hot sauce. He was convinced to sell it. Been doing the Sriracha business ever since.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:08 PM   #144
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I watched an episode of Easy Chinese recently and they went to the Heng Yang Sriracha plant to show how it's made. Impressive place, but hell if I know where to buy it.

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Tell me more about this 'Chili Garlic....'

Anyone tried it? I love me some Sriracha but I've never tried their other varieties. I may have to grab some off amazon.
Chili Garlic is my go to then the Sriracha
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so Costco carries this V8 with no preservatives, no added salt or anything. bland as hell. add a few ounces of Sriracha and sea salt/pepper to taste, and you're in business. Much better than the original.
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Nice garlicky sauce with an amusing kick and a hint of peppers. Good neutral binder for Asian dishes.
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