Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Get ready for the next "Judgement of Paris"... Is Rooster King?
As you're probably aware (well, at least if you read sriracha news like I do, and I know you do), there has been quite a kerfuffle about "counterfeit sriracha". More on that here, and here, and here (yes, even Zagat is on this).
But I say - so what? Why does Huy Fong have a corner on the market? Is it true that Rooster is King? Turns out, everyone and their mother makes sriracha sauce. True, it was David Tran's version that sparked the Great Sriracha Revolution back in 2008/2009, but really, sriracha was inspired by Thai hot sauce that has been around for an undetermined amount of time. Don't believe me? In fact, what you know as rooster sauce is as American as apple pie, and tells of a classic immigrant success story.
Anyhow, I'm here to challenge the Power of the Rooster. Why not give the others a try? Why are people so upset to receive a "counterfeit" sriracha, when sriracha can be as general as ketchup?
We are still in the process of gathering all of the competitors, and so far, my list is up to 10. I still have to find a way to obtain them all, since eBay is not my friend financially. But some are easy to find - just check out what I found yesterday (Trader Joe's "Dragon Sauce"!). If you have any suggestions on alternative sriracha sauces to try, let us know and we will line them up!
The contest will have 2 rounds - first will be a blind line up of all the sauces, with a milk product in between to refresh and cool the pallet. The next round will have the sauce in a bite of food (yet to be determined) to avoid judgements of texture. We'll be rating on spice level, overall flavor, and aftertaste (and texture in the first round). Finally, we will attempt to identify the Rooster sauce. My judges are experts in the hot sauce field, so we will NOT disappoint.
Maybe we'll find the next secret Sriracha King!
Stay tuned, folks...