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Reverse Engineer The Halal Guys' Famous White Sauce Before They Reach Chicago

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Feb 25, 2015 8:00PM

Photo credit: Chris Goldberg

Readers were excited at the news New York City’s Halal Guys plan to open some Chicago outposts as part of a major international expansion. Visions of long lines snaking around storefronts for a taste of the Guys’ food cart manna have been playing in our mind for days.

One of the keys to the Halal Guys’ cult following is their white sauce, a closely guarded recipe on the level of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s 17 herbs and spices or the secret menu items of In-N-Out Burger. The Halal Guys squeeze that stuff on top of everything, which makes us simultaneously excited and uncomfortable whenever we stop at 53rd and 6th on our visits to the Big Apple. A couple years back an intrepid home chef claimed to have hit upon the perfect combination of ingredients for Halal Guys’ white sauce and shared the recipe with Gothamist. Reading it, we find ourselves with that familiar shameful yet energetic feeling to make it at home.

Katt Kasper’s Valhalla Sauce


1 cup of mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup of white vinegar
1 cup of Ranch dressing
1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup of sour cream
2 Tablespoon white sugar
3 teaspoon dry dill weed

Mix this and use it with your favorite gyros recipe. (We prefer Alton Brown’s.) Now if we can hit upon an approximation of Halal Guys’ hot sauce, we may not leave the house.