Friday, January 19, 2007

SqueezeOC's Hot Sauce Taste Test

Some burned slow, some scorched on contact, some were acidic, while others were familiar. Cumulatively, it made my mouth throb like a radioactive element.

Even with swigs of ice cold milk as extinguisher, my brow was sweating like I just ran a marathon in the tropics. But it was fifty degrees outside at the OC Register building in Santa Ana. And this was a blind taste test of ten hot sauces for SqueezeOC's current issue.

Read the feature here, or pick up a free copy at newsstands all over OC.

Thanks to SqueezeOC reporter Brian Quines, for inviting me to participate in the fun.


At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Passionate Eater said...

After reading that article, I will forever trust your good taste and judgment, oh high OC god Elmo! You correctly identified nearly every sauce! Example of what I mean (with a few of my own embellishments):


Elmo (with his discerning tastebuds): I believe this is Kirkland hot sauce, purchased at the Costco at the corner of Third and Sepulveda. I can specifically taste the addition of modified sorbic acid. Thumbs down.

Rosalba: Tasted bad.

Gammy: Gross.

SqueezeOC staff: Most staffers disliked this sauce.

See what I mean? You are truly the authority on all food ever made in this world!

At 10:26 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Have I ever told you how much I love and look forward to reading your comments? This one in particularly had me ROTFL (Rolling on the Floor). Thanks again! ;-)

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but think of Napoleon Dynamite when reading PE's comment.

Christian (for some reason I'm being told my Blogger account is not recognized)

At 12:12 AM, Blogger Chubbypanda said...

Nice one, Elmo! Have you tried Red Rooster Louisiana Hot Sauce? Good stuff.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Juliet said...

What an enjoyable taste test to take part in! I'd do that over the Pepsi challenge any day! (Geez! I'm dating myself!) But then, I am the girl who eats hot peppers plain like popcorn.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger The Bill said...


At 2:17 PM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Since I lack nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, and computer hacking skills, tasting skills is all I got! ;-)



I believe I have. At Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in LB. I practically doused everything in it. Even my waffles!


It was fun alright, but if I had to sample more than I did, I'd need to bring in a bath towel, and TUMS. And I'd bring in some fried chicken, and maybe some fried eggs.

The Bill,

Funny and fun!

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Rasa Malaysia said... are famous again! ;)

At 12:27 AM, Blogger Melting Wok said...

wow elmo, great job !! Sauce tasting, very interesting indeed :)) Hmm..I still think the best sauces are the ones from New Orleans, they've lotsa really cajun sauces. Scope that out sometime :) We should team up with every food blogger and create a signature sauce ? *grins*

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Christine D. said...

HOT DAMN! (literally)

That is one seriously awesome taste test. I do love me some hot sauce! Did you go out to buy any of them?

At 7:46 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Rasa Malaysia,

I think I'm on minute 14:59 on the fame!

Melting Wok,

I think a signature hot sauce from us Southeast Asians blogger would have to taste like a combo of Sriracha and Sambal Oelek!


Not yet, but a few of them have got my attention now. Especially that chunky one I liked.

At 1:23 AM, Blogger Melting Wok said...

elmo, wrongggg :P You gotta come up better than that, try again :)

At 6:52 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Melting Wok,

Ah, I know what you're thinking: belacan in the sambal!

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Eddie Lin said...


So when are we going to see you on tv sitting between a matronly Japanese fortune teller and a giggly, mouth-covering, smokin' hot Japanese soap star while deconstructing the flavor of Iron Chef Italian's blowfish ravioli?

Elmo: I think this blowfish ravioli has quite a bit of tetrodotoxin. I'm certainly glad I took out extra life insurance recently.

Bimbo Actress: (covers mouth) teehee. I could eat these raviolis for days and days. Blowfish are cute. teehee.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Couldn't put my finger on it until now, but that's one thing that is lacking from Iron Chef America: overly giggly, Anime-voiced, Japanese starlets!


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