21 May 2009

Spunky Rooster

My friend Gene, more famously known as "Dave's Son," had this great song -- one of many -- and it was an ode to Sriracha hot sauce. Every Sunday afternoon, after a hard night of hanging out in the garage of our friend's house, we would cruise down the street for a relaxing bowl of pho. Gene would sit down, pour hot sauce onto a little side platter, and then dip individual uncooked string beans into it. Munch munch. It was like watching a kid eat french fries and ketchup.

I'm not much of a hot sauce guy but between Gene and Ameer, I sure am around it a lot. Ameer loves his Sriracha so much that a few years ago I got him a hot sauce holster, knowing full well he would absolutely use it.

Today the New York Times has an article about Sriracha hot sauce. Gene and Ameer made a song with the lyric: "Sriracha, I want'cha / Couldn't live another day without cha" years ago. They were so ahead of their time.

"The lure of Asian authenticity is part of the appeal. Some American consumers believe sriracha (properly pronounced SIR-rotch-ah) to be a Thai sauce. Others think it is Vietnamese. The truth is that sriracha, as manufactured by Huy Fong Foods, may be best understood as an American sauce, a polyglot purée with roots in different places and peoples."
-A Chili Sauce to Crow About-