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Chef’s Creative Take On Sweet & Sour Fried Chicken Uses Deep-Fried Salami


San Francisco’s Comstock Saloon may contain over a hundred years of history within its walls, but the dishes its chef cranks out are anything but ancient.

With items like lo mein cacio e pepe and unicorn tuna tartare on the menu, chef de cuisine Jason Raffin has proven already he’s willing to push the boundaries of what’s possible with food. His latest dish, a take on sweet and sour chicken, does just that, fusing together a wide diversity of ingredients that unite in an orchestra of flavor.

The sweet and sour fried chicken uses half a pound of cubed chicken meat, but also features Columbus Craft Meats Italian Dry Salame, epazote (also known as Vietnamese sawtooth), jalapenos, and fermented pineapples. All of those are dredged in a 15-spice corn starch and rice flour blend, deep fried, and tossed with a house sweet and sour sauce. For garnish, Raffin adds more cubes of the salame, fried shallots, toasted white sesame seeds, and micro red shiso.

Since Comstock Saloon is located on Columbus Avenue, at the intersection of SF’s Little Italy and Chinatown, it makes sense that Raffin would draw from both food worlds in this dish. It’s also a quick shout-out to the salame itself, which started in SF just over 100 years ago on the same street.

The Columbus salame, which is locally made, does for the dish what Chinese dried sausage might do, but with an Italian twist. Its fermented, salty flavors intermingle with all of the other aromas and tastes each individual ingredient combines for an experience that’ll take your tastebuds on a wild adventure.

Comstock Saloon, which is a short distance away from Winter Walk SF (a holiday-themed event sponsored by Columbus Craft Meats) in Union Square, will be selling this creative dish for the entire month of December.


Created in partnership with Columbus Craft Meats.

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Meal Prep Like A Boss With These 4 Easy Recipes

As an adult, it’s pretty cool being independent and living on your own and shit, but if you’re like me, there are certain moments when you totally crumble under the pressure.

Like for instance, when your clothes are super creased and there’s a thing called an iron but you aren’t entirely sure where to get one or how to use it so you keep hanging your clothes in the bathroom and taking hot showers in an attempt to steam out all the wrinkles.

Or when you’re applying for a credit card and the bank person on the phone asks you what kind of card you want but you just keep saying “Whatever you think is best…” because you legitimately don’t understand the difference between the hundred million credit card options on the market today.

While I don’t have much advice on the first two matters, I definitely have some tips on the whole feeding yourself thing. It’s called meal prep, people, and it’s basically every lazy cook’s sacred Sunday ritual.

Essentially you just make a shit ton of easy food to nosh on throughout the whole week. If you get a set of spiffy tupperwares, you can even take your food with you to places so you don’t have to eat out all the time. It’s kind of revolutionary.

Since you shouldn’t ever have to sacrifice taste for convenience, here are four easy meals to make today that’ll hook you up for the week, done in collaboration with Meal Prep On Fleek:

Chicken Tenders

It’s pretty impossible to go wrong with chicken breaded in parmesan and breadcrumbs. Luckily this recipe calls for green beans and tomatoes, so that if they ask, you can tell your friends you’re eating healthy. Although idk why you’d wanna be friends with people like that anyways.

Lemon Pasta

You know when a recipe starts out with butter and garlic, it’s gonna be a good one. Once they started adding the cheese and pasta I started feeling excitement in places besides just my stomach. Damnnnn son. This will definitely be the dopest meal to set foot in your kitchen.

Baked Frittata Bites

This one is perfection because it addresses our favorite yet most difficult-to-prepare meal of the day: breakfast. I’m not sure about you, but getting out of bed in the morning is hard enough. Sometimes breakfast is just out of the question. But if you prep for the week with these baked frittata bites, all you have to do is heat a few up in the morning and you’re good to go.

Apricot Chicken and Shrimp

Chinese takeout has been my saving grace on more occasions than one, but that shit gets expensive. Next time, whip up some sweet and sour chicken and shrimp, for the sake of double the protein, and both your wallet and stomach will thank you. All it takes is a few ingredients and only one pan so you don’t really have an excuse.

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P.F. Changs – $3pm – $6pm Happy Hour Everyday

I’m not quite sure how long P.F. Chang’s has been running this Happy Hour special, but let me tell you that I am now a huge fan, not that I wasn’t a fan of theirs beforehand. I had the sweet & sour chicken, chicken lettuce cups and crab wantons and the coup de grace was the $2 PBR which you can see after the jump. I also included a list of the rest of the happy hour menu so you can check it out for yourself.