|by Jamie Beckman||Food + Drink, Vietnam, Food + Drink||0|
Sriracha, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways:
1. The spicy condiment's core ingredients are simple, but the kick is big. Wildly popular Sriracha manufacturer Huy Fong Foods, Inc., grinds sun-ripened red jalepeño chili peppers and garlic into a paste. Voilà: Sriracha!
2. Its inspiration came from abroad. Huy Fong's version of a chili-based sauce was born in Vietnam, where the company's founder made it by hand and sold it in jars before he arrived in the U.S. in 1980.
3. There's more than one way to have it. In addition to the ever-popular Sriracha, the company makes two other chili sauce flavors: thick Chili Garlic and pure-chili Sambal Oelek.
And now, Sriracha addicts and travel junkies, hang onto your hats: The cool new gadget Sriracha2Go is a teensy 4.5-inch-tall bottle with a carabiner attached, meaning you can take your spicy sauce wherever you travel—a pizzeria in New York City, a noodle place in Shanghai, your grandmother's house for the holidays, you name it. Co-founders Kyle Lewis and Farbod Deylamian say they've had Sriracha2Go enthusiasts send them pictures from around the world, including Japan, Australia, Paris, and the Philippines.
Even better news: They cost a mere $7 apiece, less if you buy in bulk. (You'll have to add your own Sriracha, though—the bottles arrive empty.) Another perk for jet-setters? At less than 2 ounces, they're TSA-friendly, so stashing them in your carry-on won't earn you a pat-down.
Imagine how many foodie friends you'll make on your next trip with this baby dangling off your backpack.