sri·ra·cha | \sə-ˈrä-chə, sē-, nonstandard srə-\

Definition of sriracha 

: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment

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These were nice, clean flavors, as in the Eating Rainbow burrito: salmon and tuna plus avocado, cucumber, lettuce, masago and honey-sriracha aioli ($14). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sushi burritos find a tasty home in Sushi Go's Bay View restaurant," 29 May 2018 Chefs skip the usual fried fish dinners in favor of tuna poke tacos with caramel soy vinaigrette and sriracha aioli. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 At the center, Ms. Mam could use the computers, eat lunch, use some of the sriracha hot sauce stocked in the minifridge and hang out with other Asian students. Linda K. Wertheimer, New York Times, "At Middlesex Community College, Extra Help for Asian Students," 5 June 2018 This El Diablo, with pepperoni, sausage, hot peppers, and sriracha, measured an honest 9×12. Michael Klein,, "Happy-hour pick: Silence DoGood's Tavern," 4 June 2018 The findings include: Gen Z and millennial consumers are interested in offbeat offerings like pickle-flavored doughnuts, sriracha and s’mores. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You can go for the gold at Tim Hortons on National Doughnut Day," 31 May 2018 Moore says the mineral water does contribute to the overall flavor of the greens—which are purely vegetarian—but they're also made with garlic, sriracha, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Lamar Moore takes the kitchen at the Currency Exchange Café," 7 Mar. 2018 This El Diablo, with pepperoni, sausage, hot peppers, and sriracha, measured an honest 9×12. Michael Klein,, "Happy-hour pick: Silence DoGood's Tavern," 4 June 2018 Top with sriracha aioli, seasoned tuna, roasted sesame seeds, radish sprouts, micro red shiso and julienned radish. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sriracha

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sriracha

borrowed from Thai sriracha (Royal Thai Institute Romanization), sǐ:rá:tɕhá: (phonetic), after Si Racha (Sri Racha, Sri Raja), town in Chonburi Province, Thailand, where the sauce was allegedly first made

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