Matouk's Hot Pepper Sauce is almost undoubtedly the only food—perhaps the only thing—that has ever come to our house from Trinidad and Tobago.

I picked up a bottle of this sauce on a whim from a local Asian market. I was hoping for the second coming of Desert Pepper XXX Sauce, which originated in Costa Rica, and is one of my all-time favorite hot sauces.

This sauce is not Desert Pepper XXX, but it isn't bad either. It definitely has some kick, but isn't melt-your-face-off hot. It has some definite vinegar flavor and also some citrus flavor which means it doesn't pair well with everything. It does pair well with Mexican and Caribbean food which, given its origin, isn't surprising.

Would I buy it again? Probably. It's a nice change from the ubiquitous Tobasco and El Yucateco, but the flavor profile is so specific you don't want to use it on everything.