The Spicy History of Sriracha Sauce

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The spicy legacy of sriracha sauce traces back to Si Racha, Thailand, in the mid-20th century. Thanom Chakkapak, inspired by her father's recipe, crafted a delectable sauce with sweet, spicy, and salty notes. Naming it "Sriraja Panich," her homemade creation gained popularity within the town and beyond.

Despite not patenting the name and openly displaying the ingredients on the bottle, Chakkapak's sauce laid the foundation for what the world now recognizes as sriracha. However, it was a Vietnamese immigrant, David Tran, who catapulted sriracha to global fame.

Arriving in the US in the late 1970s after leaving Vietnam, Tran, dissatisfied with available hot sauces, seized an opportunity. He introduced his version of Thai hot sauce, selling it from a van in baby food jars. This marked the inception of Huy Fong Foods, a company he named after the boat that brought him to the US.

Labeling his creation "Sriracha" and adorning the bottle with a rooster, symbolizing his birth year, Tran achieved remarkable success, with Huy Fong Foods reporting $150 million in sales in 2019. Yet, for Tran, the essence lies in sharing the joy of good hot sauce, mirroring Chakkapak's original intention.


1- What was the original name of Thanom Chakkapak's sauce in Si Racha, Thailand?

2- Why did David Tran put a rooster on the bottle of his sriracha sauce?

3- In what form did David Tran initially sell his sriracha sauce in the US?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.