Twelve years ago, Erin Dowse, owner of the Old York Bar and Grill, bought a bottle of hot sauce in Kensington Market. Intensely savoury and slightly sweet, it had a Scotch bonnet kick so enticing she tracked down its maker.
The palate behind the sauce was an elderly Dominican woman named Elizabeth, who lived in Ajax. Dowse bought the recipe and now sells $9 bottles to customers, plus 15-litre pails to other restaurants. Because the sauce is now a legit business, ingredients must be listed on the label. Papaya is crucial to the mix, but Dowse is tight-lipped about which mysterious spices make this stuff so eye-wateringly good.
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Mados Pepper Sauce
167 Niagara Street