老干妈 (Lǎo Gān Mā), “Godmother”, is China's premier brand of hot sauce. The famous founder, 陶华碧 (Táo Huá Bì), never graduated from primary school. She first opened a restaurant in Guìzhōu Province, selling bean jelly and cold noodles.
However, after a while, she realized that people didn’t actually come to her restaurant for her noodles - they came for her hot sauce! Some came only for the sauce, not even wanting the noodles.
She has since won the “8th of March Red Banner Holder's Award”, the highest women-only award in China, and has also become a National People’s Congress delegate for Guìzhōu.
Lǎo Gān Mā can be found in every Chinese supermarket abroad, but because the price is high there, Chinese who study abroad will often bring a jar along from home (about $1 apiece versus about $5 in the US!).
A godmother and a national hot sauce. Guizhou Local Government and TMall