The story of Lingham’s chilli sauce began in 1908, in the nostalgic setting of Butterworth in Penang, Malaysia. The original creator, Mr Lingam who was of Indian descent came to Malaysia to pursue his own business venture.
Missing the flavours from back home, he crafted an all-natural chilli sauce using only four ingredients which combined an exquisite taste of sweet and spicy flavours. This became extremely popular and a firm favourite amongst his consumers, the British Colonial expatriates in Penang at the time. Recognising the potential for his product, he began selling Lingham’s chilli sauces from the docks which rapidly became a much loved household brand.
It is believed that Mr Lingam sought the advice of a British expatriate with regards to product branding, as the British gentleman pronounced it as “Lingham” as in Nottingham or Billingham. And the rest, as they say, is history.