An article from the NEW YORK TIMES: A Chili Sauce to Crow About

While many mistakenly assume the sauce originates from Thailand or Vietnam, it turns out the zesty red condiment, manufactured by Huy Fong Foods, is very much an American sauce, “a polygot puree with roots in different places and peoples.”

Sriracha was created in Los Angeles in the early 1980s by David Tran, a Chinese immigrant from Vietnam, who developed it as his own take on a traditional Asian chili sauce. The rest is history. Today, it’s everywhere, inspiring cooks, copycats and competitors. You won’t find a pho shop without it.