Truth: I have an embarrassing collection of hot sauce in my fridge. Of course I have all of the usuals: Frank's, Crystal, Cholula... But then I have the oddballs: TJ's Yuzu Hot Sauce (not to be missed!), chipotle pepper sauce I used all of one time for a random taco recipe, habanero hot sauce that I'm not sure anyone actually likes, and something that may or may not have come from the airport in Jamaica. Is this at all familiar to you? If hot sauce is your thing (and hey, maybe even if it's not), this is the recipe for you.
Originally from Yemenite, you'll now find schug on just about every table in Israel. It's like hot sauce meets chimichurri, and I don't think I can come up with a better combination than that. Raw green chiles, tons of fresh herbs and lemon juice make this sauce unbelievably bright and fresh. Garlic adds a savory factor, while ground cardamom brings its distinct warm-spicy flavor with just a hint of sweetness. It's a perfect balance.