Sriracha sauce (Huy Fong Foods)

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Tương Ớt Sriracha
A bottle of Huy Fong Foods Sriracha sauce. It has a green top and a clear, transparent body. The sauce inside the bottle is red. An image of a rooster surrounded by text in various different languages is emblazoned prominently on the front.
A bottle of Huy Fong Foods Sriracha sauce.
Heat Medium
Scoville scale 1,000-2,500[1]
Sriracha sauce (Huy Fong Foods)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 是拉差香甜辣椒醬
Simplified Chinese 是拉差香甜辣椒酱
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese Thịlấpsai hương điềm lượt tiêu tương
Vietnamese alphabet Tương Ớt Sriracha
Literal meaning Sriracha chili sauce

Sriracha sauce (/ʃrˈrɑːɑː/;[2] Vietnamese: Tương Ớt Sriracha) is a hot chili sauce made by Huy Fong Foods, a California manufacturer. Created in 1980[3] by Chinese-Vietnamese founder David Tran,[4] it is a brand of Sriracha sauce also known as rooster sauce or cock sauce because of the rooster prominently featured on its label.[5] Cookbooks include recipes using it as their main condiment.[6]

It can be recognized by its bright red color and its packaging: a clear plastic bottle with a green cap, text in five languages (Vietnamese, English, Chinese, French and Spanish) and the rooster logo.


The sauce's recipe has not changed significantly since 1983.[citation needed] The bottle lists the ingredients "Chili, sugar, salt, garlic, distilled vinegar, potassium sorbate, sodium bisulfite and xanthan gum." Huy Fong Foods' chili sauces are made from fresh red jalapeño chili peppers and contain no added water or artificial colors.[7] Garlic powder is used rather than fresh.[8] The company formerly used serrano chilis but found them difficult to harvest. To keep the sauce hot, the company produces only up to a monthly pre-sold quota in order to use only peppers from known sources.[4] The sauce is certified as kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California.[9]

Scoville scale heat rating[edit]

Huy Fong Foods Sriracha sauce ranks in the 1,000–2,500 heat units range, above banana pepper and below Jalapeño pepper, on the Scoville scale used to measure the spicy heat of a chili pepper.[1]


Tran started the business after immigrating from Vietnam in 1980; it started as a sauce supplied to Asian restaurants near his base in Chinatown, Los Angeles.[3]

In December 2009, Bon Appétit magazine named the sauce Ingredient of the Year for 2010.[10][11]

In 2012, over 20 million bottles were sold.[3]


In October 2013, the city of Irwindale, California, filed a lawsuit against the Huy Fong Foods factory after approximately 30 residents of the town complained of the spicy smells the factory was emitting while producing Sriracha sauce. The plaintiff initially sought an injunction enjoining Huy Fong from "operating or using" the plant.[12] On November 27, 2013, Judge Robert H. O'Brien ruled partially in favor of the city, declaring Huy Fong Foods must cease any operations that could be causing the noxious odors and make changes to mitigate them, though he did not order that operations cease completely. According to the judge, although there was a "lack of credible evidence" linking locals' complaints of breathing trouble and watering eyes to the factory, the odor that could be "reasonably inferred to be emanating from the facility" is, for residents, "extremely annoying, irritating and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance."[13] In late January 2014, the city of Irwindale announced it was expanding its case against Huy Fong Foods to include a claim of breach of contract, alleging that the plant violated a condition of its operating permit by emitting harmful odors.[14] The case was scheduled for jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court on November 3, 2014.[15] On May 29, 2014, it was announced that Irwindale had dropped the lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods.[16]

Documentary film[edit]

Filmmaker Griffin Hammond produced a 33-minute documentary about Sriracha sauce.[3] It was funded with the help of a Kickstarter campaign which raised $21,009—over four times the goal. The film was released online[17] on December 11, 2013 in advance of submission to film festivals.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Catholic Foodie: Huy Fong's Sriracha, a.k.a Rooster Sauce
  2. ^ "Comments". Huy Fong Foods. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sriracha: How a sauce won over the US". News Magazine Monitor. UK: BBC. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ a b Shyong, Frank (April 12, 2013). "Sriracha hot sauce purveyor turns up the heat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  5. ^ Edge, John (May 19, 2009). "A Chili Sauce to Crow About". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Clemens, Randy (2011). The Sriracha Cookbook. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-1-60774-003-2. 
  7. ^ Garbes, Angela (2011). The Everything Hot Sauce Book: From growing to picking and preparing - all you ned to add some spice to your life!, p.92. ISBN 9781440530654. "A combination of fresh red jalapeños, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar."
  8. ^ Clemens, Randy (2011). The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 "Rooster Sauce" Recipes that Pack a Punch, p.10. Random House. ISBN 9781607740582.
  9. ^ Rabbinical Council of California: Huy Fong Foods
  10. ^ Von Biel, Victoria (16 December 2009). "Best Foods of the Year". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Patterson, Daniel (January 2010). "Sriracha: 4 Recipes for a $5 Ingredient". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Weinstein, Nicole B.; Daniel M. Krainin; Mackenzie S. Schoonmaker; Beveridge & Diamond PC (17 February 2014). "Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Spicy Odors". The National Law Review. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  13. ^ The Associated Press. "Sriracha hot sauce factory ordered to partially shut down". News (CBC). Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Shyong, Frank (2014-01-31). "More legal woes for Sriracha plant in fight with Irwindale". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  15. ^ "Irwindale's Case Against Sriracha Factory To Go To Trial This Fall". 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  16. ^ Shyong, Frank (May 29, 2014). "Sriracha truce brokered with help of Gov. Jerry Brown's office". LA Times. 
  17. ^ Hammond, Griffin (December 11, 2013). "Watch". Sriracha, the movie!. Sriracha movie. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  18. ^ Harris, Jenn (June 13, 2013). "Sriracha documentary: Everything you need to know about the fiery sauce in 30 minutes". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 

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