Post # 1
If you’re Asian (and maybe even if you’re not), you probably know what sriracha (Thai chili sauce) and hoisin sauce (Chinese sweet bbq sauce) are. Well, my fiancé and I are kinda like sriracha and hoisin sauce… He loves spicy stuff, I love sweet stuff. He’s hot-tempered and spontaneous, I’m optimistic and even-tempered.
So, I had an idea! What if we have mini bottles of sriracha and hoisin sauce as favors?? Well it turns out there aren’t really any out there we can just buy. But there are places that sell mini glass bottles (I’m thinking 2 to 5 oz… not sure yet), then we can buy a ton of sriracha and hoisin sauce and spend a day redistributing all the sauce into the little bottles.
My brother, who is designing all of our stationery etc, can design some fun, chic labels for the bottles. I’m thinking the sriracha will say “SPICY” real big and the hoisin will say “SWEET” – very modern and stylish, and we might also include a brief cute explanation of the significance of the sauces and how one is my fave and the other is his fave. I like that it’s something very personal and unique to us, and most of the people at our wedding will be Vietnamese so they’ll know what it is. And I love anything mini, especially mini bottles.
What do you think of this idea?? Would love your honest opinions if you think this could work, or if you think I’m crazy!
Post # 3
We’re doing something really similar :). FI has a favorite burrito place, and they are really popular because of their different sauces. We’re going to buy big bottles and put them into smaller glass bottles as favors.
I’m super biased, but I think it’s a great idea! The sweet/spicy concept is really adorable :).
Post # 4
If its a reflection of you as a couple I think its a great idea! My only concern is, with redistributing into new bottles/jars… could it spoil? (I’m not really sure of their shelf life so this could be a complete non-issue)
Post # 5
I like it! I don’t know if I’d use it if I got one as a favor, but it’s a cute idea.
Post # 6
I think it’s a cute idea! I’m vietnamese and the only time I’ve used hoisin sauce is when I put it in ‘pho.’ So since you described as a chinese bbq sauce, do you put on meat like before you grill it? Sounds good. I’m always trying to find new ways to use some of the asian ingredients I have in my kitchen.
Post # 7
Sounds great- sugar and spice and everything nice!
Post # 8
From @Mrs Grape:‘s post, maybe you could attach some recipes so your guest would know how to use it. Oh, I would also put a warning on the sriracha, since it can be very spicy. You wouldn’t want someone to taste it and have to run to the bathroom to drink something.
Post # 9
I love the idea!! I would love it even more if I was given a little backstory to why you did these favors (like you already mentioned).
On a side note, I’d never tasted Sriracha before and I decided to buy some the other night…it is so spicy but I love it!
Post # 10
Man… now I want pho. Fun favor idea!
Post # 11
@ttn133:The main time I use hoisin is in pho, but I know you can also use it as a marinade for chicken and that sort of thing. As for sriracha, my fiance/friends use it on everything – pizza, fries, rice, noodles, etc. That’s a good idea to include some recipes or at least suggestions/recommendations for uses, especially for our non-Vietnamese guests!
@commoshin: We love pho! Fiance’s pho is always red and mine is always brown, since we only use one of the sauces instead of using both like most people do 🙂 Like I said, he loves spicy and I love sweet!
@forforever: Not sure of the ‘official’ shelf life, but my family keeps the sauces non-refrigerated and it’s fine. Kinda like peanut butter or ketchup. We leave it out in cabinets and don’t really worry about it. That said, I probably wouldn’t do the favors until a couple months max before the wedding, just in case!
@jo.lee: Awesome! Where did/will you get your glass bottles?
Thanks for the positive feedback! Glad to know that people like the idea 🙂 It’s definitely not something I’ve seen before, so I’m glad I got some opinions first!
Post # 12
It’s a great idea! Definitely have a warning label on the Sriracha stating that it is hot since many people may not know that and thus can take proper precautions (giving away to someone else if they aren’t able to eat it, etc). Everyone should love the Hoisin though even if they aren’t able to eat spicy foods.
Post # 13
I’m going with SKS Bottle and Packaging. They sell a bunch of different sizes in different colors. We’re going with the blue one, here’s the link 🙂
Post # 14
@jo.lee: Cool color! I like this one a lot. Love the little size and it’s less than 50 cents a bottle!
Post # 15
I love this idea, and I lovvvvvvve sriracha sauce! I would just make sure they will be under 3oz., so OOT guests can take them back home with them on an airplane.