Sriracha sauce

The origin and history of Sriracha is debated. One report has it that the sauce was first produced by a Thai woman named Thanom Chakkapak in the town of Si Racha (or Sri Racha).[7] According to the Thai “Chomrom Rak Si Racha” (The Si Racha Lovers’ Association) the sauce was first made in Si Racha by Burmese sawmill workers. The association interviewed 88-year-old Thawat Wiphisamakun, known locally as Ah Pae. Ah Pae’s maternal grandmother had a small shop in Si Racha. The Burmese workers came to the shop to buy chillies, salt, vinegar, and sugar to pound in a mortar to make their sauce. Eventually she started making the sauce herself, both for family use and for sale to customers. Soon, another customer, Kimsua Thimkrachang, began to buy large quantities of chillies, salt, vinegar, and sugar. He was making the chilli sauce for sale, using the brand name, “Sauce Si Racha Traa Phukhao Thong” (Golden Mountain Brand Si Racha Sauce) with a picture of the Golden Mountain Temple on the label. Its name was “Si Racha Phanich”.[8]

Another report has it that the sauce originated in the town of Sri Racha (Sri Racha, Sriracha), Thailand in the early 1930s by Madam La Orr Suwanprasop. La Orr was born and raised in Sri Racha and eventually met her husband who was from Bangkok. Upon getting married she and her husband moved to Bangkok where she would continuously make batches of the famous chili sauce for her friends. Her friends would encourage her to make the sauce for sale which ultimately motivated her to start her sriracha sauce business.

After discussing with a monk, La Orr was given the blessing to start the sriracha chili sauce business. The monk had given her the idea to name the sauce Sriracha Sauce, after her hometown. By 1932, Madam La Orr Suwanprasop began producing and selling her sauce in Bangkok. Over time, the rumor of her sauce began to spread and chefs all over Bangkok started using her sauce in their restaurants. La Orr and her family eventually entered their sauce into annual competitions where she was awarded several gold medals which is why their Sriracha sauce is named the Gold Medal Brand.

After winning various medals and having much recognition for their sauce, La Orr and her family eventually brought their medals to the government food department in Bangkok to establish that they are the original creators of “Sriracha Sauce”. By this time, it was very difficult for the government to prove that they were the original creators of the famous sauce as there were several other “copycat” brands but there are no records showing that the sauce was made before 1932. The food department recommended that they change their logo’s design so that it incorporates wording in both Thai and Buddhist translating to “Produced in 1932” which became a strong indicator to tell that the Gold Medal brand was the first and oldest of the Sriracha sauce brands. Today, Lakut Suwanprasop, son of Madam La Orr Suwanprasop, still follows the traditions of his mother in creating and selling the Sriracha sauce from fresh, well-inspected chilis. 1235 N LOOP 336 WEST CONROE TX 77301