While the thermostat reads 100 degrees right now, Sacramentoâ€™s heat index just went higher with the countryâ€™s exclusive supply of Linghamâ€™s Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce. Local grocery store Corti Brothers now holds the complete United States stock of this fine Malaysian chili sauce. Darrell Corti, international culinary legend, deems this hot sauce, â€œone of my favorite condimentsâ€¦ It is without peer.â€
Manufactured in Malaysia, this condiment isnâ€™t your run-of-the-mill heat infusion sauce. Linghamâ€™s brings bright sweetness and tang, followed by a polite kick to your palette. It offers layers of playful flavor. Corti writes in his storeâ€™s newsletter: â€œThe chiles grown for this sauce are usually grown on small plots where the individual growers can harvest them as they turn from green to red, when the chile still has a fruity character and is not all heat and no flavor.”
The sauce contains all that is delicious: chili, sugar, and garlic. It also lacks all that is not: no Msg, no added flavorings or colors.
This weekend, I experimented with Linghamâ€™s over fresh ceviche. It enlivened the dish without overpowering, and paired beautifully with both cilantro and seafood. Later, I poured it on tortilla chips like salsa. Jolly good eats!
The price for all this joy? Just $3.99 per 12.5 ounce jar. Since lilâ€™ olâ€™ Sacramento is the sole American supplier of this deliciousness, grab an extra bottle for your friends and family back east.
And youâ€™re welcome. This is a killer find! You heard it from GreenBeet first. (Unless, of course, you heard about it from Darrell Corti. Or bought some the last time you were shopping in Denmark, another country where this fine product is sold.)