In the past few years Sriracha has become increasingly popular showing up in recipes every where as well as in candy and potato chips. If you have been watching the news, you may know that Huy Fong Foods, Inc. located in Irwindale, California was recently forced by the courts into a partial shutdown due to the odors produced by the plant possibly causing a whole host of irritations from eye and throat irritations to heartburn and asthma . So, does this mean you won’t be able to get your Sriracha? Right now, the answer is not quite clear.
Apparently, the plant was only partially shut down, and the shutdown was after this year’s chili grinding season. And, with the chili grinding being the part of production that causes the worst smell, Huy Fong Foods may be able to produce this year’s sauce, and this is not their only production location, so there will definitely be some out there. Huy Fong Foods must make changes to reduce the smell before they can continue production, so we still do not know how that will affect future years of production.
In an unrelated incident, the health department is now making Huy Fong Foods delay shipments for 30 days due to new stricter regulations. This delay is to make sure the sauce does not contain any harmful microorganisms. So, if you are having trouble finding your Sriracha now, try again in a week or two as shipping should return to normal by the middle of the month.
If you have plenty of Sriracha or are able to find it in your stores, I have several great recipes to share with you that use it
Sriracha Ranch Chicken with Fine Rice Vermicelli Noodles from Spatulas on Parade
Thai Chili “Vings” from Chef Picky Kid and Me
Lighter Asian Stir Fry from From Calculus to Cupcakes
Vegan Kickin’ Bang Bang Mushrooms from Busy Vegetarian Mom
Ebony and Ivory Sesame Toasted Tofu with Phrik Nam Pla from What’s on the List
Sources: LA Times
Southern California Public Radio