Word for Wednesday: Sriracha

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for August is condiments.

condiment is added to food to enhance its flavour. The word has been used in English since the mid-fifteenth century and comes from the Latin ‘condire’ meaning ‘to pickle’.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the condiments mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. This week’s word is sriracha.

Sriracha is a spicy red sauce made from red chilli peppers and garlic that is popular in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. In Thailand, sriracha is often used for dipping and is especially eaten with omelette and seafood. In Vietnam, it is commonly eaten with pho, fried noodles, and spring rolls.

Although the origin of the word sriracha is contested, one theory is that it was first produced in the Thai town Si Racha.

24 Aug 2022
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