The story behind my favorite sauce…

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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.

~Chef Perry
chefperryperkins.com

PS – David named his company “Huy Fong” after the cargo ship that brought him from Vietnam to his “new life.” (his words)

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2 thoughts on “The story behind my favorite sauce…

  1. I just visited Viet Nam in December. They are a hard working, and kind. The country is dominated by communism, and the declared communists get free schooling and more opportunities. The folks I met didn’t subscribe to it, so had to work harder and be even more creative in supporting their families.

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