Yesterday I ran into two great instances of a passion for hot sauce: the classic Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water served by default with plate lunches at Highway Inn (the new location in Kaka’ako), as well as a vast selection of regional styles from across the US over at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company on the THIRD LEVEL of Ala Moana Center…
Personally I can’t handle anything over the equivalent Scoville Scale level of around 3,000 units, just under the Jalapeno class…
I could NEVER eat a Jalapeno whole, seeds and all, without feeling my tongue is going to melt away.
The collection of unopened hot sauces at Bubba Gump’s Ala Moana have been on display there since they opened many, many years ago, so no telling what the fermentation process has done to them, and I don’t think you could pay me a million bucks to test them should that offer ever come up.
I remember the Travel Channel featuring a show on Hot Sauces once, showcasing an online club you can join that will ship you a boutique hot sauce from all over the world every month. Check that out here at TheHotSauceClub.com.
What they’re missing in this collection, is a custom-made glass bottle shaped like a pepper. Now THAT would be cool (but still hot).
I swear, you could open a warehouse club store as big as Costco that exclusively sells sauces from all over the world, there’s gotta’ be that many. From meat marinades, to salad dressings, dipping sauces, dessert sauces, to hot sauces, and all else. If I were to start a blog titled “The Sauce” that attempted to review EVERY SAUCE in the WORLD, I’d probably have to post a new review every minute until the day I’m too old to be able to use a computer, let alone still have taste buds left. Seriously! Try hit Pacific Market in Waipa-HOO; that store alone can occupy an entire day just reading labels of bottled and canned sauces from all over asia.
Highway Inn Kaka’ako – (left to right) Aloha Shoyu (goes great when combined with hot sauce), Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water (HOT), Tobasco Sauce (HOT), table salt and pepper (necessary flavor enhancer with hot sauce)
Are you hot-up for hot sauces? Can’t stand the heat? What Scoville unit level can you handle (see chart)? What’s your favorite hot sauce style and brand? Mexican? American? Latin? European? African? Middle Eastern? Polynesian? Asian? What do you most often use hot sauces with? Soups and stews? Meats? Vegetables? Side dishes? Cocktails?