i could see how people overhype sriracha or overuse it, but i don't think it's a bad product. it has its purposes, great topping to make something spicy with a little garlic flavor, i like to add to bahn mi's. Also very essential in some chinese cooking, like in ma pao tofu. Tabasco on the other hand i'm not the biggest fan of. The chipotle one is good, but the normal one is meh. I'd say the most overrated spicy products are the ones that aren't actually spicy, like the spicy M&M's. Also, cayenne in general. packs of heat with not much flavor, at least in my opinion.
Traditional Mapo Tofu doesn't use anything of the sort but I can see how, if you lack the proper chilli bean paste, Sriracha could give some of that fermented chilli taste and spice, while also providing the heavy garlic hit the dish asks for. It's no substitute for the fermented black beans though.
The most overrated in my eyes is Dave's Insanity. It had its place but it's really nothing more than a historical piece now if you ask me. Terrible flavour and surpassed, if only slightly, by some of the modern sauces made without extract.
Edited by spicefreak, 21 May 2017 - 05:28 PM.