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Feb 2, 2009 09:29 AM

What's your favorite hot sauce?

Should I get Tabasco? Frank's? Another brand? Do you use different ones for different foods?

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  1. Texas Pete. I love it so much I have the barcode tattooed on me.

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    1. re: friek

      Have you tried Texas Pete Extra Hot? It's amazing!

    2. I like Cyrstal, not as bitter as Tabasco in my opinion.

      1. I like a brand called Herdes. Very good.

        1. I mostly use Frank's or Crystal for food at table, and Tabasco for cooking. I used to buy one with papaya (?) called Atomic something or other, when I lived in NC, but that's been years ago. It was hot and fruity, both, interesting combo.

            1. re: alwayscooking

              Except (of course) Sriracha! So different than a hot sauce.

              1. re: alwayscooking

                I use sriracha a lot!!! But love Franks for everything else

                1. re: lexpatti

                  If you like sriracha, you'll probably also like sambal oelek (I'm assuming (probably incorrectly) you haven't already tried it). Sambal is sriracha without the sugar and garlic, and as important, with texture via its seeds. A flavorful and interesting hot "paste" (the description used by the manufacturer of the sriracha and sambal I use, Huy Fong Foods (the "Rooster" brand)).

                2. re: alwayscooking

                  I also like sriracha. I like to add it to my franks when I'm making my wings, gives it a different flavor. Also love spicing up oriental with it. Besides that i like franks, I like that franks is kind of thick.

                  1. re: djfrizz

                    HOLD the EFFIN PHONE -
                    there are so many varieties of sriracha!!!! who knew???


                    1. re: thew

                      I was SO pumped and jacked when I saw that wikipedia reference a few months ago but, unfortunately, the maker of Flying Goose sauces doesn't sell in the U.S. I found a distributor in the U.K. ( but they only ship up to 1 kg (about 1 bottle) at considerable price. I'm dying to try those other flavors. I will find a way.

                      1. re: thew

                        I did, but every time I mention it in a post I get pooh-poohed that only the one with the rooster is the real deal. Was at a grocery in Chinatown (Boston) the other day and saw 3 or 4 different brands.

                  2. re: alwayscooking

                    But which Melinda's? I keep three around: XXX HabaƱero, XXXXtra Reserve HabaƱero, and Red Savina, in ascending order of heat.

                    1. re: BobB

                      Exactly! and aren't they great? (altho Sriracha seems to me a different beast - am I missing someting?!)

                      1. re: alwayscooking

                        And along the same lines but quite a different beast: XO Sauce, but only the authentic one (i.e. not those cheap imitations that skimp on the good ingredients and made with MSG).

                        It happens to be my favourite "hot sauce" for the moment. Basically a concoction of shredded Chinese ham, conpoy, chilies, dried shrimp and dried shrimp eggs, it is highly addictive and goes well on many Asian dishes to liven it up. I even eat it with plain rice or noodles.

                        Just wondering if anyone else on this board shares the same sentiments.

                        1. re: tarteaucitron

                          I use XO Sauce when cooking most seafood dishes {steamed crabs with ginger and scallion,winter melon with dried shrimp soup, whole fried snapper with sweet and sour sauce} but balked at spending $ 24.99 for a 4 oz bottle for the good stuff. Is it that different/better than the bottle I buy for $9.99?.

                          1. re: currymouth

                            For that price, I think you are ripped off, even though it might be the only option where you are. Where I live in Toronto, I think they sell for about $12, and I mean the one from the brand LKK, the better version. I have looked at all the other brands I could find, and for less than half that price, I decided they are not worth it, looking at the ingredient list.

                            But oh, by the way, I am currently enjoying from a big jar of the home-made version, thanks to one of my aunts. Much more affordable!

                          2. re: tarteaucitron

                            I'm more of the minimalist type when it comes to chili sauces. Lee Kum Kee's Chiu Chow chili oil is my favorite in that category.

                            1. re: dpan

                              Actually that is the other kind of spicy staple I keep, and you are right, it's for the simple, minimalist needs.

                              But then, there is always the time when you have nothing to build a meal out of, and the XO sauce saves the day.