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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Sriracha

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Sriracha

This popular condiment it no longer a fad, it’s a legend

By now, you’ve probably tasted sriracha. What started as a simple Thai condiment has since exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, and the only way to have not tried it by now is to have actively avoided it. A thing of cultish devotion, some people never leave home without some handy. But even if you never encounter a food you don’t deem sriracha-worthy, we bet there’s a lot you didn’t know about this now-legendary condiment.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Sriracha

By now, you’ve probably tasted sriracha. But even if you never encounter a food you don’t deem sriracha-worthy, we bet there’s a lot you didn’t know about this now-legendary condiment.

It’s Named After a City in Thailand

It Has Different Uses in Thailand and Vietnam

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In Thailand, sriracha is tangier and thinner than its Vietnamese (and American) counterparts, and is primarily used as a dipping sauce for seafood. In Vietnam, it’s thicker and more garlicky, and is used as more of an all-purpose condiment for everything from pho to spring rolls.

Click here for a quick guide to making Vietnamese pho.

David Tran Is Largely Responsible for Its American Success

Sriracha was still relatively unknown in the U.S. when Vietnamese entrepreneur David Tran founded Huy Fong Foods in 1980. Over the next three decades the sauce grew in popularity from cult favorite to certified fad as production and distribution steadily increased, and now it’s gone mainstream.

Watch David Tran explain how sriracha is made.

Huy Fong Got Its Name From a Surprising Source

Tran started making sriracha in 1975 in Vietnam, but because he was an ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese authorities cracked down on his family, forcing him to flee to Hong Kong with 3,000 other refugees on a Taiwanese freighter in 1979. The name of the freighter was Huey Fong, and Tran modified the name when he founded his company in California the following year.

It’s Made With Jalapeños, But Isn’t as Spicy as Eating One

The chile pepper used in Huy Fong sriracha is the red jalapeño, but don’t think that eating the sauce carries the same heat intensity as popping a jalapeño into your mouth. The pepper loses a lot of its heat during the manufacturing process, so the sauce is only about as spicy as a banana pepper.

Find jalapeno recipes here.

It’s Called Rooster Sauce for a Reason

An Insane Amount of It Is Produced

Huy Fong Was Nearly Sued Because of a Factory Odor

In 2013, residents of Irwindale, Calif., where the Huy Fong factory is located, began complaining of heartburn, headaches, and watery eyes due to a spicy odor emanating from the plant, and threatening to sue. It dragged on for nine months before the Irwindale City Council decided to drop it. Today the factory remains something of a tourist attraction.

There’s a Sriracha Documentary

2013 was the peak of the sriracha craze, and it was during that year that a 30-minute documentary about sriracha was crowdsourced and produced by filmmaker Griffin Hammond. The film, which tells the story behind the sauce, went on to win awards at a handful of film festivals, and you can stream it online for $2.99.

Entire Cookbooks Are Devoted to It

It’s Available in Packets and Clip-On Containers

If you’re always on the lookout for the next opportunity to squirt sriracha on something but don’t want to carry a whole bottle around with you, a company called Sriracha2Go has partnered with Huy Fong to offer smaller-format sriracha bottles and little packets.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.


What you don’t know about Sriracha: 11 fun facts from a documentary

Somewhere in the world, there is a Sriracha fan who has turned his beard into a bowl. It sags below his chin in the form of an elongated cup made of wiry brown hairs. He fills the beard bowl with ramen noodles. And before eating them with a pair of wooden chopsticks, he squirts them with Sriracha.

You’ll see this, and many more Sriracha fanatics in a 33-minute Sriracha documentary by Griffin Hammond that premiered online Tuesday night. The entire film is devoted to finding the origins of the beloved hot sauce and paying homage to its many lovers and creators around the world.

There’s an inside look at the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, the focus of a recent lawsuit in Irwindale regarding the chile smell in the area around the plant. Hammond also travels to Sri Racha, the city in Thailand the hot sauce is named after.

Here are 11 fun facts from the film:

1. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Rosemead used to be owned by Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees and Slip ‘n Slides. “Before that building filled full with hulla hoop,” Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran say in the film. “Now filled with chile.”

2. Randy Clemens, author of “The Sriracha Cookbook” and “The Veggie Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook” has a license plate that reads “SIRACHA.”

3. Huy Fong Foods makes all its own bottles, which initially look like bloated test tubes. At the Irwindale factory, one line of production can produce 18,000 bottles an hour.

4. Tran eats pho with his Sriracha sauce in Vietnamese restaurants all around the city and is never recognized.

5. Tran’s first bottles of Sriracha were made in 1980. They were glass bottles filled by the spoonful and he personally delivered them all over Chinatown in a blue Chevy van.

6. Huy Fong Foods makes three types of sauce that all start with the same chile mash. A sambal oelek, (if you want to taste the chile), a chili garlic (which is the sambal oelek with garlic from Gilroy, Calif.) and the Sriracha (which is the chili garlic sauce pureed with sugar).

7. Sriracha sauce is believed to have been invented in Sri Racha, Thailand, by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. Her sauce recipe is now manufactured under the name Sriraja Panich. The Thai version is sweeter and thinner than Huy Fong Food’s sauce.

8. Huy Fong Foods has never advertised its sauce, and its sales have increased by almost 20% each year.

9. The rooster on the Huy Fong Foods bottles is there because Tran was born in the Chinese year of the rooster.

10. There’s a woman in Brooklyn, N.Y., making a hipster version of Sriracha in small batches. Jo Jo’s Sriracha sells for $14 a bottle.

11. You’ll soon see a gallon-sized bottle of Sriracha hot sauce from Huy Fong Foods.

And this isn’t really a fact, but you’ll want Sriracha after you watch the film . badly. In less than five minutes of the rolling credits, I had an omelet covered in Sriracha in my mouth.