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Raise your hand if you’re someone who has at least three bottles of hot sauce in your home — if you like your meals with a serious kick or simply want to add depth of flavor to dishes (or clusters!). We’re guessing you all have your hands up in the air? (How do we know? Because you’re on this post!)
While recent news stories may have spurred a panic-buying episode of a particular brand of hot sauce, we’re happy to report there is no shortage of Asian and Asian-inspired hot sauces available now and for the foreseeable future. Like many of you, we like variety. So you’ll find a mix of spice levels and sweetness among our picks. Let’s take a look.
1. Three Mountains Yellow Original Sriracha Chili Sauce
A small chili farm in Sriracha, Thailand, Three Mountains produces three Sriracha varieties using chilis grown on the farm: yellow, red, and green. The red and green were difficult to find in stock or at all, so stock up on the yellow sauce while you can. Made with yellow Thai burapa chilies, the distinctively yellow sauce bottled with the yellow cap is a bit sweeter, milder, and more subtle than its red- and green-capped counterparts.
2. Bushwick Kitchen Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha
This bottle is filled with the sweet heat we’ve come to expect from Brooklyn-based Bushwick Kitchen. It’s everything you love about classic Sriracha with an extra dimension of flavor courtesy of the rich, fermented gochujang (Korean red pepper paste). As the name suggests, it’ll give you “weak knees” when added to, well, everything.
3. Roland Foods Sriracha Chili Sauce
Roland Foods works with producers and suppliers to import ingredients from across the globe. Its Sriracha hails from Malaysia and China and it is tangy (read: more acidic) and has a bit of spice (more mild).
4. Kitchen Garden Farm Sriracha Chili Sauce
Made from several kinds of red chilies grown on the company’s farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts, the Certified Organic Sriracha has a fresh, fruity pepper flavor. For those who can’t get enough heat, Kitchen Garden Farm, which started in 2006 on one acre of rented land, also makes a Habanero Sriracha and even hotter Ghost Pepper Sriracha.
5. Empress Irwin Mango Hot Sauce
Empress’s very first sauce brings heat that is balanced by the sweetness of mangoes. Made with locally grown, hand-selected Taiwan Chilis and Irwin Mangoes, the company also adds goji berries and ginger, among other ingredients, to further fine-tune the flavor. The naturally fermented hot sauce is also made and bottled in small batches in Taiwan.
6. Nyonya Garlic Chili Sauce
Like many great recipes, the one for this garlic-vinegar-chili sauce comes from a great-grandmother. Produced by Ewe and Yishan, a husband-and-wife team based in Central Taiwan, the sauce is made with a specific kind of hard-neck garlic called He Mei 和美蒜 that has smaller, spicier cloves than other varieties, according to the Yun Hai website. It’s available in two spice levels — spicy and mild — and in two sizes.
Did your favorite make the list? Tell us about it in the comments below.