Sambals—those unique, chile-infused sauces—play a huge role in Southeast Asian cooking, as often one will make its appearance at the beginning of the meal as an ingredient and another during the meal as a condiment.
A table condiment to similar to ketchup—but much more pungent—sriracha sauce is becoming increasingly popular, and expanding from its traditional Thai roots into other cuisines.
This year I used about a pound of Las Cruces Cayenne pods to cook up a sweet and spicy Thai sauce. This sauce is thicker than “Louisiana Styel” hot sauce, and is less vinegary. Have fun!