Hot, Hot, Hot: Spicy Condiments from Around the World
Check out 8 delicious ways to spice up your hot sauce repertoire (and where to find them in your supermarket).
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How to Say It: Sir-rotch-ah or sear-raw-chah
Named after the place it was first made (Si Racha, Thailand), this super-trendy thick red hot sauce is a blend of chile peppers, vinegar, garlic, salt and sugar. Nicknamed “rooster sauce” by wasabi fans, it’s quite versatile and can be used as a dipping sauce. You can also use it on eggs, burgers and pizza — or pretty much anywhere you’d use regular hot sauce.
Find It: In the international aisle or with bottled hot sauces
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Harissa (Morocco/Tunisia/North Africa)
Find It: In a tube or jar in the international aisle
Pungent and deeply flavored, this sticky, fermented chile paste has a sweet-hot-sour taste. It's used in everything from barbecue meat marinades to bibimbap, dipping sauces and salad dressings.
Find It: In a tub in the international or Asian aisle
Find It: In a tube in the international or Asian aisle
Chili Oil (China)
Find It: In a bottle in the international or Asian aisle
Find It: As a dry seasoning blend with spices, or as a bottled sauce in the international aisle or with hot sauces
How to Say It: Jar-din-air-ah
This classic Italian relish is a piquant blend of crunchy, pickled veggies — typically carrots, cauliflower, celery, pickles, onions and jalapenos. Also called "sottaceti," which means "under vinegar,” giardiniera is traditionally served with antipasto platters (an appetizer with cured meats, cheese and other pickled veggies), on salads or in subs — especially hot beef.
Find It: In a jar in the pickle section
Piri-Piri (Portugal/South Africa)
How to Say It: Pee-ree pee-ree
Aka peri-peri, this sauce is named for its main ingredient — a tiny, extremely spicy chile pepper from Africa — blended with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and sometimes herbs or sweet smoked paprika. Use it as a marinade or sauce for grilled chicken or seafood.