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Clark + Hopkins Laos Hot Sauce

October 30, 2019

  Clark and Hopkins are an award-winning company from Winchester, Virginia and have a knack for making incredible culinary hot sauces. They have one hell of a lineup of products which are all inspired by various regions around the globe! Their aim is to capture their cuisine in every bottle, and they sure do! Their products are also gluten and preservative-free. I’ve also reviewed their Assam Hot Sauce which was delicious! It’s well-known for being a guest-favourite on Season 7 of Hot Ones, First We Feast’s ever-popular YouTube show. Check out my review if you want to learn more about the company and this amazing sauce!

   In case you’ve never heard of it, Laos is a small landlocked nation in Southeast Asia, known for its very spicy cuisine and various influences from all the surrounding countries. This hot sauce does a great job at combining fiery heat with a multi-layered flavour. It will be leaving you craving more and more! It’s among the most fragrant and unique-tasting hot sauces that I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy. The flavour profile of Laos is aromatic, citrusy, tangy, and a bit earthy. This is one of the best examples of how all the ingredients in a product such as this should be in perfect harmony. Each element complements the next! I’m sure you can tell from the upcoming ingredients list. You’ll notice once you have a taste of it!

   White vinegar preserves the sauce, while adding a moderate tang. Habanero peppers add some heat and citrusy flavour, with the Thai chilies also providing some crisp, fresh heat. Ginger and garlic add their distinctive warmth and zingy bite, which are very noticeable upon tasting. I love it! Lemongrass helps bring a bright, sharp lemony-ness into the mix, perfectly complementing the ginger. The salt is not too overpowering in this case, with the dried shrimp bringing a seafood umami which enhances the heat and acidity of all the flavours mentioned above. I don’t really notice the sugar, so I wouldn't label this as a sweet sauce. Coriander brings some refreshing lemony flavour, with the tamarind adding a little bit of sweetness and tartness. Kaffir lime leaf, a key ingredient in many Southeast Asian cuisines, are more-or-less equivalent to the bay leaves we use here. They add a bright, fresh, and citrusy flavour. You can see that the word “citrus” has been trending in this description! Everything comes together so well in this product!

   In terms of heat, I would give this one a solid 4 out of 10. It’s got a modest amount of heat for a Habanero-based hot sauce. It’s far from the hottest habanero hot sauce out there, so even if you’ve only had milder Jalapeno or Cayenne-based hot sauces so far and are looking to get into Habanero sauces, this one should be a safe bet! Even better if you’re intrigued by the other ingredients in the product as this one is quite different from any other sauce on the market!

   Add some exotic Laos flavour to your rice or noodle stir fries, vegetable soups, ramen, pho, seafood boils or marinades, pretty much any variety of sandwich, chicken or fish curries, papaya salad, fried tofu, and more! Also give it a try on your wings, slow-roasted beef, salads, and avocado toast! Use it as a zesty, fragrant dip for your spring rolls, egg rolls, dumplings, fries, lettuce wraps, hors d'oeuvres, and roasted veggies too!

   Come by one of our store locations and give Clark + Hopkins Laos Hot Sauce a try!

As always, Keep it spicy!

Alexis




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