In California, the hot sauces of choice are Tabasco, Sriracha, and Tapatio. I’m guessing the provenance of sauces are something like Tex-Mex, Vietnamese-American, and Mexican…but in the last five years or so, you can basically find them in most restaurants, regardless of ethnicity. They’ve become like ketchup; ubiquitous, and really good with fries.I really didn’t like hot sauces until a few years ago, and now every time I eat something, I think “This could be a little bit spicier.”
But in a recent trip to Israel, I discovered this:
This is schug, and is pronounced like “Zhoog”, which sounds like you’re referring to a hostile alien overlord.
But despite this, it’s delicious! I had some in a nondescript bottle at a schwarma place in Tel Aviv, and then wondered how I could get some in the States. So thrilled when I found it at an Israeli market in North Hollywood.
Anyway, I’ve put it on eggs, tuna, pretty much everything. If you want spicy, and want to try something different, try a little “hostile alien overlord” sauce!