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August 23, 2014

Sriracha sauce: like or dislike?

Sriracha sauce.

Occasionally on our Facebook page, we play a little game called Like or Dislike, with ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Starting today, Like or Dislike comes to The Perfect Pantry on Saturdays. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

It's no secret that I love hot and spicy food. I've got a stockpile of chili paste with garlic, in case the end of the world arrives and the Asian market is closed. Another favorite is Sriracha sauce, also called "rooster" sauce, which my grocery store sells and which I buy in the largest size bottle available. (If the apocalypse comes, head over to my house. I don't know what we'll have to eat, but whatever it is, we'll make it spicy.) Restaurants discovered this Thai-style hot sauce years ago, and now home cooks have made it their own.

Sriracha sauce: like or dislike?

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Please leave your answer in the comments.

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Comments

Dislike! It's just too hot, sears my tastebuds and the rest of the meal is lost in fiery uncomfort.

I may very well be the last remaining food blogger who has never tasted Sriracha sauce.... I think maybe I should.

I can't go a DAY without a dose of Sriracha sauce. Go through a large bottle a month, and I think my sister may go through at least 2 a month. It runs in the family.

I don't use it often, but we like spicy food, so yes, like. Oh, and I discovered it here, on "The Perfect Pantry."

Love it! Thanks for the introduction, Lydia.

Like. Definitely like. Goes in everything from soups to stir fries.

Like it! Used it yesterday in big juicy hamburgers for the flavor that zings!

Love, love, love. I think this sauce turned me around on spicy food. I used to think it was "too hot" and now I can't get enough of it.

Love this idea too, fun hearing what other people think about certain foods.

I love it, recently bought a new organic brand to try. I would also like to try the recipe for homemade sriracha from nomnompaleo.com!

Like. I'm not enough of a spice aficionado to say love. But I feel sorry for the people who live in the town where the sauce is made. I imagine the air is toxic!

use it often, a staple in our kitchen--
gordon

Love it!

Love it!
Making my own Sriracha salt was rather life changing.

I love hot and spicy but Sriracha just does not cut for me.

Dislike is not a strong enough word to express my feelings about sriracha sauce. I hate it, and I'm not a wus about spicy food. The searing heat of sriracha kills any possibility of enjoying whatever food it has been paired with. I've tried sriracha several times over the years, hoping each time my previous experience may have been a fluke, with the same results. Do I keep a bottle in my pantry? Yes. For those more intrepid consumers of heat than myself. :-)
Glad you've brought this game to your web site, Lydia!

Love the stuff!

LOVE! Hubby craves more spice than me, so I put a little in a batch of something, and he can add more to his portion. Great flavor, unlike spices that are just hot.

Love it, and love Tabasco. Even more, I love all the peppers I grow in my New Mexico garden. Fresh and fiery. But to finish a soup or stir fry or even an egg dish, a dash from a bottle is great. If the dish turns out just too hot, chopped tomatoes or avocado on top cures the heat problem.

Never tried it. Afraid it might be too hot. For those who love it, how does it compare to "regular" hot pepper sauce?

Love - +1 for me, plus one more each for my wife, my sister-in-law and her husband, my brother-in-law and his (Thai) wife, my nephew and his soon-to-be bride.

That's +8.

My son in law tipped us on to sriracha several years ago. It is to me a more flavorful hot sauce. I just use a small amount. Hubby slathers it! You have got to use it in pho!

Love it! Especially like to take a chip, put dab of Greek yogurt or sour cream, then few dabs of Sriracha and yum, makes my mouth happy. But use in cooking too.

LOVE!

like!

I love the flavor of it for use as a cooking ingredient more so than a "squirt on my food" condiment. I think its heat is too "raw," and so that leaves a variety of other hot sauces more to my liking -- like Tapatío which I could pour directly down my gullet any day.

My family likes it, but hot spicy things don't agree with me.

Absolutely *LOVE* it because it blends spicy and sweet.

I add Sriracha to soups, vegetable stews, marinades, pasta sauce, salad dressings, etc., etc. I use a brand that doesn't include preservatives, so I feel good about using it more.

Thanks for asking!

We love it at our house- both as an ingredient and as a table seasoning!

The Huy Fong Sriracha is an American knock-off version of the real Thailand sriracha which I had the good fortune to taste in Thailand during a visit while working the Vietnam Peace Keeping Action which most people mistakenly call a declared war. The Huy Fong Sriracha American version is milder and less spicy. Great on eggs in the morning but not hot enough for proper Buffalo wings! Love it!!

Love it, along with the dozen or so other hot sauces in the pantry.

Like, in small amounts. I use it as an ingredient to spice up food, not as a condiment.

Like! At this moment I'm sipping a Bloody Mary heated by good old Sriracha.

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