What was this hot sauce?
June 14, 2012 6:12 AM Subscribe
A few years ago, I spent three months in Guinea, where I repeatedly was served the most incredible hot sauce. What was it?!
posted by eenagy to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
The first month that I lived in Guinea, I worked at a non-profit that served me lunch every day. It was always rice with some sort of stewy concoction. The cook always placed a very small dollop of chunky red sauce in the corner of the dish, and I was expected to spread it over the top of my meal.
I've always been a glutton for spice -- the hotter the vindaloo, the happier the girl! -- but the first day I was served this, I took a big bite of it pure (I didn't know any better), and seconds later I was dripping with sweat, gasping for breath, and eating copious amounts of mango to ease the pain. The Guineans eating lunch with me were laughing hysterically, and never let me forget that moment.
I asked the cook what it was, and she said that on my last day, she would share. ALAS: there was a military mutiny, and my last day was much earlier than anticipated.
It was not any form of harissa that I've since come across. Is there some sort of special West African spicy condiment? I loved it, once I used it correctly, and hope to make it for myself.