SriRacha is a real Thai classic, blending chillies, garlic, salt and sugar to make a really smooth tasting hot sauce with a great flavour that can be used in many, many ways. Dip in it, marinade with it, cover wings with it or put it in your bloody Mary - a truly versatile sauce that will liven up anything with both hotness and the most wonderful flavour.
The sauce gets its name from Sri Racha, a beautiful district on the coast in the province of Chonburi, which is located on the Eastern Seaboard of the Gulf of Thailand. The town itself circles around an old fishing port, about 125 kms down the Bang Na Trad from Bangkok, where the first mountains start rising from the flat plains of central Thailand. While many lay claim to inventing it, the simplicity of the ingredients and the way they naturally combine certainly suggest it has been around for a long time. Dipping sauces are a critical part of Thai cuisine, providing additional flavour, contrast and hotness to their associated dishes. In Thailand Sri Racha Sauce is served with a number of classic dishes but the most common and our favourite is Khai Jeow, a uniquely Thai type of omelette. In terms of hotness SriRacha Sauce lies in the middle of the scale, not as hot as Thai sauces such as Nam Jim Talay but enough to bring a real solid kick to a dish.
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