One of the most iconic hot sauces on the market, Sriracha, is facing a global shortage which has driven prices up to as much as $120 a bottle. Save your money and make some at home until its back in regular production.
Sriracha sauce, the beloved hot sauce adorned with a rooster logo, has captured the taste buds of millions around the world with its fiery flavour. However, this popular condiment is facing a global shortage, leaving enthusiasts and spicy food aficionados in a frenzy.
The scarcity of Sriracha sauce has pushed prices to unprecedented heights, with bottles fetching exorbitant sums of up to $70 on eBay and even higher on Amazon, where a 2-pack is listed for a staggering $124, according to CNN Business. The shortage stems from a persistent lack of chilli peppers - due to droughts in Mexico and Colarado, the main red jalapeno producers - a key ingredient in the sauce, which has plagued the production capabilities of Huy Fong Foods, the manufacturer behind this iconic condiment.
The story of sriracha sauce is one of immigration and family entrepreneurship. In 1949, a woman in Thailand created a chilli sauce called Si Racha. Decades later, David Tran, a Vietnam-born Chinese entrepreneur, brought the sauce to America.
Tran settled in Los Angeles and started Huy Fong Foods, naming it after the ship that brought him to safety. Initially targeting Vietnamese immigrants, Tran aimed to create a sauce for their traditional dishes. However, he wanted to appeal to a broader audience, and Huy Fong's sriracha found its way into countless dishes, transcending cultural boundaries.
From Thailand to Vietnam, from war-torn regions to a new life in America, the story of sriracha sauce exemplifies resilience and the pursuit of dreams. It reminds us of the rich diversity that enhances our culinary landscape and the indomitable spirit that leads to success against all odds and perhaps that spirit will prevail again amidst this shortage.
With no clear indication of when the supply will improve, consumers are left anxiously awaiting the return of their favourite spicy companion. As Huy Fong strives to overcome this challenge and avert future shortages, the Sriracha shortage serves as a testament to the unparalleled popularity and cultural significance of this fiery sauce.
If you can’t go without your Sriracha fix, here's how to make some at home: