A hot sauce is a hot sauce, right? WRONG! Most hot sauces have fire and zing, sure, but when you try a bit of the bright green elixir in this bottle your tongue will dance with joy. Yai's Thai has created a vibrant addition to your condiment shelf. The lime juice leads with a tart zing, followed by the fiery peppers' heat and warm ginger. You'll taste the herbaceous cilantro, too, providing the right amount of finishing flavor. Red hot sauces, your days of dominating my fridge row are over.
Condiments make the world go 'round. Why else would every single bachelor on the planet run out of every bit of food long before they run out of condiments? Because condiments are tasty and last (nearly) forever. They brighten up any dish your kitchen can turn out, whether roasted potatoes or scrambled eggs or the greenest of veggies.
And then there's hot sauce. Oh, to be a hot sauce lover these days. So many wonderful things to choose from, and almost NONE of them Whole30 approved. Right? But along comes Yai's Thai with this grass-green concoction of ginger and lime so refreshing from all of the rest of your orange and red bottles of peppery fire.
How is this amazing sauce built? The same way most hot sauces start: excellent peppers, in this case serrano and jalapeños. Rather than vinegar to keep things lively, this sauce uses lime juice for incredible zing. Following the heat from the chilies is mellow ginger and that cooling effect from cilantro. This adds up to a complexity of flavors that is more than the sum of the simple ingredients. My new favorite hot sauce, period.
It fills a niche, simply put. A zesty sauce with both heat and tartness almost beyond belief. Fans of those sweet/sour candies will absolutely love this sauce. The green color is just as energizing as the taste, which lingers in your mind and on your tongue.
Perfectly warming and soothing at the same time, ginger is probably the best root on the planet, in my humble opinion. In this sauce it provides a bridge between the chilies and the lime juice, making friends with all of the flavors.
Just enough spice to bring this sauce up to a solid medium/hot level. For true chile-heads it's closer to medium, but just about everyone else will find this condiment at a nice toasty glow followed by the zip from a few jalapeños in there for good measure.
Guess what? First, you can start with the fact that it is a HOT SAUCE. You know what to do. Just make sure you share with all of your favorite spice aficionados! It works wonders when added to a little grilled meat or fish, or tossed in with a fresh salad. But it only gets more interesting from there:
From the founders, Leland Copenhagen and Sarah Hughes: "We created Yai's Thai in 2015 with the intention of making every meal an adventure. We draw our inspiration from traditional Thai recipes passed down from Leland's Yai (Thai for grandmother), and adhere to the Thai custom of letting each ingredient's flavors shine, without adding anything artificial or unnecessary.
Our Thai Salsa is the product that got us started, and gave us the whole idea for Yai's Thai. Leland's mom makes a killer dish, Thai Salmon Salad, which is unlike anything we've seen served in Americanized Thai restaurants. While Leland was learning to make the recipe, Sarah had been frequently tossing together fresh pico de gallo, and the similarities between the two sparked the idea. We made the "salmon salad" without the salmon, ate it with a tortilla chip, and knew we were on to something. We envisioned bringing Thai flavors into the home in a completely new way: through salsa.
From there, we came to realize the values that Thai customs can offer beyond just the flavors themselves. In Thai culture, food is a central aspect of everyday life that brings people together for a lively experience. Our products make it easy to bring that vibrant flavor and excitement to every meal, and to experience food as an adventure."
Yes, and more. All Yai's Thai sauces and salsas are Whole30 compliant, as well. Hot dawg!
Actually, yes. Yai's Thai is a part of One Percent For The Planet, an organization founded by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia to help businesses commit part of their income to causes that support the planet's wellbeing. That's pretty solid. Bravo, Yai's!