Huy Fong Foods

The creator of the hot sauce, David Tran, began making chili sauce in 1975 in Vietnam. During his humble beginnings, the unrivaled genius released his first hot sauce called Pepper Sa-te. He filled his Sa-te sauce into recycled glass baby food jars, which were then sold and delivered via bicycle. In 1979, his amazing journey began by leaving communist Vietnam on a Taiwanese cargo ship registered in Panama named Huy Fong. This name later inspired the name of his company, Huy Fong Foods.

After the United States accepted Tran as a refugee while other countries were unwilling to “accommodate” him, he immediately began doing what he did best—making hot sauce. So, in 1980, he started his chili heritage in a 5,000 square meter building. ft., located near Chinatown in Los Angeles. His creations included: Pepper Sa-te, Sambal Oelek, Chili garlic, Sambal Badjak, Sriracha Hot Sauce.

He sold everything he produced every day, delivering the product himself to Asian restaurants and markets in his blue Chevy van. So he reached San Francisco and even San Diego. Believe it or not, Tran actually hand painted his first hot juicy logos on his blue Chevy van! It was then that Tran realized that his delicious sauces, particularly the iconic Sriracha hot sauce made only from fresh jalapeno peppers, would spread like wildfire...