Game-Changing International Condiments
Condiments are a popular way for consumers to add extra flavor to their meals. Spicy, sweet, and smoky, sauces like ketchup, mustard, and barbecue sauce are kitchen staples. However, as consumer interest begins to shift towards more global flavors, new sauces inspired by international cuisines are hitting retail shelves. We’re rounding up three unique condiments that are sure to become consumers’ new lunchtime obsessions.
Playfully referred to as the “ketchup of Korea”, gochujang is a sauce made from fermented chilies. Soybeans, rice flour, red chili peppers, malt syrup, and salt are combined for up to a month to create a thick, intensely flavorful sauce that is used in many traditional Korean applications. Because it is fermented, gochujang helps to support digestive health while also adding depth and spice to everyday dishes. Gochujang pairs well with proteins and is a great marinade for chicken or pork, adds dimension to stir-frys, and gives ramen a kick.
If gochujang is the “ketchup of Korea”, chimichurri is the “ketchup of Argentina”. Translating to a “mixture of things in no particular order”, chimichurri is made by combining fresh parsley, garlic, chilies, cilantro, and other spices with olive oil to create an herbaceous and zesty sauce. Traditionally used as a condiment for Argentinian barbecue, chimichurri makes a great marinade for all different types of proteins, salmon, and even a spicy sandwich spread.
Originating in Northern Africa, harissa dates back to the 1600s and consists of sun-dried chili peppers, white wine, vinegar, and spices like caraway, cumin, and coriander. Garlicky, lemony, sweet, and smoky, harissa is traditionally served alongside breads, stews, and couscous dishes. Harissa is very versatile and can be used in a wide variety of applications such as on burgers, in hummus, with eggs, or mixed with plain yogurt to create a hot and creamy sauce for grilled meats such as lamb-chops.
Drizzled, spread, brushed, or dipped, international condiments are spicing up consumers’ everyday meals and bringing global flavors into their kitchens. Young, internationally-minded food lovers will appreciate sauces that rise above the standard mustard and ketchup to bring new flavors to their everyday meals.