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Nov 3, 2009 10:39 AM

Where can I buy Shark brand sriracha sauce in bay area?

I usually only see/use the "Rooster" brand you see in the squeeze bottle with the green cap. But I tried the Shark brand at Pok Pok in Portland and was amazed at how much more delicious it is. Alas, I've been to several asian markets and can't seem to find it anywhere!?!

Anyone have any idea where I can get it?

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  1. I'm always on the lookout for my favorite "nonRooster" brand of Sriracha (Uncle Chen's), so I'll let you know if I run across Shark.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Oh! I am pretty sure that I saw Uncle Chen's at the 99 Ranch down in Foster City!

      1. re: Absonot

        In my experience, markets that cater to Vietnamese have a bigger selection of sriracha than primarily Chinese or pan-Asian markets.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I just got back from Richmond 99 Ranch, and can confirm they carry 2 sizes of Uncle Chen's sriracha. The larger size, 28 oz, was $2.39. I also noticed the Uncle Chen's brand doesn't have the distinctive green twist-top on the bottle that one would associate with the Huy Fong rooster brand, and I assume the Uncle Chen's bottle has a pop-and-flip cap.

      2. re: Ruth Lafler

        Ruth, I saw the Uncle Chen's sriracha at 99 Ranch Fremont (North Fremont Blvd/Paseo Padre Pkwy) store.

      3. I found Shark brand sriracha today in a small Cambodian market in Oakland. It is called Sontepheap Market and is located at 1400 International Blvd., #C, Oakland, CA 94607. Their phone is (510) 436-3826. Good price, too: a 25 fl oz bottle for $2.99. Next door is a Cambodian-Chinese "fast food" place (nothing fast about it though), where I snagged some sour sausage and papaya salad. Mighty fine.

        Sontepheap Market
        1400 14th Ave, Oakland, CA

        1. I have a bottle of Shark at home right now, and I am 95% sure I bought it recently at Berkeley Bowl West. If I am wrong on that, then it was certainly 99 Ranch Richmond.

          Note that the Huy Fong "Rooster Brand" Sriracha that we all know and love is made in California by a Vietnamese American entrepreneur who cheerfully admits that it is tailored to his taste. More generally, Sriracha or Si Racha sauce is of Thai origins (Si Racha is a town in Thailand), and the Shark brand is typical of the style. For more than 17 years I had been dousing my Pad See Ewe in the Thai style sauce at the Emeryville Public Market thinking all the time that the restaurant had been diluting Huy Fong Sriracha with vinegar and sugar. Never too late to learn.

          Thus it may be profitable to look in the Thai/Lao/Cambodian sections of general Asian markets or consider another brand of Thai manufacture.

          Berkeley Bowl West
          920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

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          1. re: twocents

            Two 99 Ranch markets I visited recently do not carry Shark.

            1. re: nestorius

              Confirmed: Berkeley Bowl West, $2.65 for the bottle.

              Berkeley Bowl West
              920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

          2. On a broader note, are there any brands that do not contain red dye?

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            1. re: Andrew H

              It would appear that Shark brand does not contain red dye. The sauce has a rust orange color and the label states that the ingredients are: Chili (35%), Water (25%), Sugar (20%), Garlic (10%), Salt (5%) and Vinegar (5%).

            2. I saw the Shark brand tonight at Hwa Lei in the Mission. I think it was about $2.19.