Thai hot sauce named after the seaside town of Si Racha, which is located along the Gulf of Thailand. The town's well known for its seafood, which is usually served with Sriracha sauce. The bright red sauce, a mixture of sun-ripened chiles, garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar, has the consistency of American ketchup. Sriracha sauce has become so popular that it's as ubiquitous on the Southeast Asian table as ketchup is on the American, and it's gaining popularity in a variety of other cuisines.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.