I love Sriracha sauce, specifically this brand, but I love the story behind it even better…
In Vietnam, David Tran (the owner) sold his hand-made sauce in re-used milk bottles from a street cart.
He spent 5 years trying to get a travel visa, and volunteered on a cargo ship, in trade for passage.
He came to America in the early 1980’s with $15 in one pocket, and an envelope of pepper seeds in the other.
Once he got his business started (and his citizenship, btw), David slept on the floor of a tiny rented warehouse, for three years, so he could invest everything he made back into his business.
I think about this story every time I hear some whiny hipster complaining that there are “no opportunities” for his generation.
PS – David named his company “Huy Fong” after the cargo ship that brought him from Vietnam to his “new life.” (his words)