- M Benson Aug 21, 2002 10:55 AM
What is the absolute best tasting and hottest "hot sauce" available?
The best two I've had are only available in Liverpool! - one is a malaysian chilli sauce which is pretty damn hot, but tastes great, and the other is from a restaurant - the Yuet Ben - and is their own chilli oil - nutty, toasted flakes of chilli in oil - luverly
My problem with Dave's Insanity and all that brand's related versions and all the "hot as hell" hot sauces (all with cute names along the lines of "Burn Your Ass Off") is that most of them source their fire from something mysteriously named "pepper extract," which one aficionado assures me is merely the hot lining of peppers. That's where the Capsaicin is found, the essence of heat tasted/sensed in hot peppers. So those sauces taste more of chili powder than they do of peppers. I prefer to add my own chili powder and use the sauces for flavors that are not spice-based, but vegetable or fruit-based.
One habanero-based hot sauce that I was just introduced to may be hard to find, but it is worth the search. Zaascila is the name of the firm in Mexico that makes it (www.zaaschila.com/index_ing.html) and they offer some "cremosa" sauces that are avocado, cheddar or chipotle based. Very tasty! They promise to get their online store up soon, but you know how that goes. If you are in the New York area you can find it in some grocery stores and Latino markets.
I found one in Barbados called Delish Bajan Red Hot Pepper Sauce, blew the pants off anything that I've had in London, Encona included. Call barbados 420 8360
My all-time favorite used to be Pickapeppa from Jamaica, but I found one that is remarkably distinctive and versatile. It's Sartain's Menu "The Sauce" made in Petaluma, California. I got a bottle of it at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company north of San Francisco on Hwy 1 between Pt. Reyes Station and Marshall. This one is incredible because the hotness comes in waves, while all sorts of flavor things happen in between. It's based on sugar, chipotle peppers and soy sauce, but also contains wild honey, garlic and tequila. Incredibly complex flavor, but hot. It overpowers raw oysters, but works well with barbecued oysters. I think I like it best with chicken or pork.
The address on the bottle is
PO Box 4728
Petaluma, CA 94955 USA