A spicy condiment containing sun-ripened chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. Otherwise known as Sriracha, hot cock sauce is ubiquitous in many Asian cuisines. Real Thai and Vietnamese restaurants will have it out on the table and it is a required ingredient in Pho. In addition, some sushi rolls (like spicy salmon) and traditional Chinese dumpling dipping sauces use hot cock sauce. The name is derived from the large cock/rooster on the bottle.
by Cathleen Stumps July 29, 2008