Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sriracha FAIL

On Sunday, I was down in Little Saigon for a monthly trip with J and her mom. While J was experiencing food coma in the car, her mom and I went to the market to buy a few goods. And I saw this...

a Sriracha bottle with not only a blue cap, but the icon of a horse/unicorn. Wait a minute! There's NO SUCH THING as unicorns in Vietnam, come on now. Where'd the rooster go? I took a closer look at the company, and it wasn't the original Huy Fong Foods based in Rosemead. This company Vi Hao Food Company took a stab at fooling customers with their version of Sriracha. For some reason, that baby blue cap doesn't look appealing to me – really reminds me of a baby bottle. Anyone try this sauce out? Can you imagine asking the waiter at your favorite pho restaurant:

"Excuse me, do you guys have the unicorn sauce? I can't eat my pho without it."

It doesn't sound right. But you know what, you never really see products out there with unicorns on it. I'm buying one.

Here's a message taken directly off the Huy Fong website:

"September 14, 2004

To our valued customers,

We would like to make you aware that we have discovered that there has been counterfeit Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Chili Sauce being sold. These counterfeits come in both 17oz. and 28oz. sizes. Since these products not only infringes upon our trademark registration, but also is produced for the main purpose of deceiving others into believing they are our products, we therefore want to warn you against purchasing this or any other counterfeits due to potential legal liabilities.

The counterfeit products are identical to our products in all regards, including the logo and wording on the label, except for the following distinguishable characteristics.

1. That taste is not identical to our product.

2. Below the green cap of our bottles, there is a protruding plastic ring, which is the same diameter of the green cap. The counterfeit product's ring is much smaller.

3. Our product's batch code consists of two lines printed with a laser etcher, which produces a clear, colorless imprint. The first line states the product/batch code (must start with an H) and the second line states the expiration date. The counterfeit does not have a product/batch code but has an expiration date that may be either be printed in black ink or or hot-stamped resulting in a colorless, blurry imprint.

4. Finally, our bottle has 'Huy Fong USA' embossed on the bottom of our bottle. The counterfeit does not.

The counterfeit products may not have been produced following quality guidelines, therefore consumption of these products may pose a health risk. In order to protect our consumers, we are respectfully requesting any information you may have regarding this counterfeit company. We thank you for your past and continued loyalty and your kind cooperation in this matter.

Respectfully yours,

Huy Fong Foods, Inc."

Somethings you can't stray away from – real Maggi, real 3-crabs fish sauce and real 3-lady rice paper haha. Definitely not the original rooster gangster.

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16 comments:

Christine D. said...

nice...you stock your pantry with the good stuff. even the "3 girls" banh trang! haha. And you definitely can't mess with the cock sauce unless you make it yourself. and yes, i'm still talking about the chili sauce.

+1 for Failblog. LOVE that site

One Food Guy said...

I haven't seen the counterfeit Sriracha yet, and I guess I hope I don't.

As for maggi sauce, I've never tried it, and never seen it. I'm going to have to go look for some.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

ChrisD, hello! I've been told numerous times to stick to the "3 girls" brand. it's like i'm at the store and just as I'm about to grab for the lower priced one, a large feather duster comes down on my hands and i back off. failblog.org for next president!

OFG, hey man. I'm sure it all tastes the same. Think about how many brands of Worcestershire sauce there are, still you can tell the difference between Lea & Perrins vs. FAILers. You can't miss Maggi if you're in an asian market ha – if you do, you're not at an asian market.

Sheena said...

My boyfriend loves the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Chili Sauce. I'm too scared to try it, though. His eyes water everytime he adds it to something. I'm warning him about the imposter...

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Beware, if you eat the impostor Sriracha, you may turn into a midget. Which could be fun.

Jeni said...

Hon...

Daily Gluttony said...

hahaha, ooooh boy, a baby bottle filled with bogus sriracha? baby feeding FAIL

FAILblog rocks, btw.

Tokyoastrogirl said...

Unbelievable! Thanks for the warning.....I only like my Sriracha with a green cap thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

My friend said that it's a family feud thing. His uncle owns the Sriracha company, and they fired another uncle. So that uncle decided to start his own type of Sriracha.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Anonymous, please email me. Would love to hear more about the sriracha feud haha. Thanks for the info.

Wiggles said...

This Vi Hao company with the unicorn logo also makes a Chiu Chow Sate sauce that is similar but not as good as the Rooster Brand (Huy Fong) Sate. My husband looked high and low for the Rooster brand Sate and no one sells it any more in our city.

kim* said...

the cap reminds me of the mexican bbuble gum in the baby bottle...

alice said...

this post is pretty awesome. what a great find =)

Anonymous said...

I have tried the unicorn sauce, and impostor it may be, but it's also delicious. I think I might like it even better than the original, believe it or not. So "legal liabilities" aside, I recommend giving it a shot. Dare to compare!

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Roc said...

it's better than asking for the cocksauce.

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