Sriracha: it’s the green-capped condiment in a squeeze bottle, know reverentially on the streets as “rooster sauce”, that has spawned a legion of loyal fans. Now, more than merely an accompaniment to pho, the trending popularity of the hot chili sauce made by Huy Fong Foods has crept its way onto restaurant menus beyond the realm of Asian cuisine.
Sriracha’s versatility has led to cameos in less conventional food items ranging from aioli to breakfast foods like bagels.
Check out the list below to see how sriracha has been surprisingly incorporated into the menus across Raleigh.
1. Trophy Brewing and Pizza Company
You might need a pair to try a slice of “The Daredevil” pizza at Trophy Brewing. The spicy behemoth not only comes drizzled with sriracha, but comes topped with ghost chili pepper salami and jalapenos as well.
Sriracha? In a bowling alley? Yep. It’s a hot affair in Sparians’ “Code Red” burger where sriracha mayo, Pepper Jack cheese, jalapeno slices and roasted red peppers combine on a burger patty to fuel your energy to knock down a few pins.
3. Humble Pie
Modesty can brushed aside as you chow down on Humble Pie’s “Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna” dish. The sriracha infuses heat to the dish, giving balance to the sticky rice and slices of seared ahi tuna.
4. The Remedy Diner
You probably don’t need to take cover for The Remedy’s “Apocolypse Wow!” sandwich slathered in its homemade sriracha aioli. Like a bahn mi sandwich, its comes packed with sliced beef, cilantro, pickled cabbage, carrots and cucumbers.
The fish tacos are kicked up a notch with the picante element of sriracha sour cream at Firebirds. Pickled and fresh vegetables complete the baja-inspired dish.
6. Jose and Sons
Sriracha and agave marry during Jose and Sons' brunch in its “Chicharron and Waffles” dish. Poured over the masa waffles and the crispy chicharrones, the sriracha-agave sauce gives the dish a sweet and spicy kick.
7. The Oxford
Sriracha sneaks its way into The Oxford’s late night menu by way of a sriracha crema sauce that is incorporated into the “3-Chili Between Brioche” burger. The heat of the burger is further exacerbated with an addition of jalapenos and habanero jack cheese.
8. The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar
Rooster sauce is so popular at Cowfish, it comes as a standard tabletop condiment. But, if you don’t want to squirt it on yourself, you can find it in the “Screamin’ Korean Chicken”, a sesame-encrusted chicken sandwich that is slathered in a creamy, sriracha ranch sauce.
9. Bruegger's Bagels
The bagel game changed last year when Bruegger’s Bagels unveiled its Bruegger’s “Sriracha Egg Sandwich” in April. Sriracha mustard (horseradish, dried tarragon, mustard and sriracha) is sandwiched between a bagel with egg, sausage, red peppers and cheddar cheese.
Chili sauce makes an appearance in Garland’s “Pork Rice Bowl”, a bowl-encapsulated amalgamation of pork shoulder, kimchee pickles, pickled apple slaw and a fried egg.
11. Tribeca Tavern
Sriracha gives Tribeca Tavern’s “House-Made Potato Chips” a peppery zing. The crunchy chips are sprinkled with Gorgonzola cheese and fresh rosemary, and come with a side of bleu cheese dressing that is prime for chip dunking.