Holy Hamburger! This looks delicious.
Taqueria San Jose at Mission and 24th has al pastor off the spit. It's been a while since I've been there so I can't really remember how good it was.
Second Kenji's recommendation for Gallo Giro. They serve my platonic ideal of a carnitas taco.
Fantastic article! My only regret is that I only have two weeks left in San Francisco before I ship back east. Gahhhh, there's not nearly enough time to eat all of these.
Daniel's article from yesterday inspired me to search out cemitas but I came up empty handed. Did you run across any shops doing the cemitas style sandwiches during your tour de torta?
@Makanmata your post expressed my feelings towards this article/comments. A cheesesteak captures home for me. Just as I don't understand all the fuss New Yorkers make about their bagels, I wouldn't expect Niki, Ed, or Kenji to fawn over cheesesteaks. Objectively is it that greatest sandwich ever? No. But I do think it's worthy of the same sort of praise heaped upon places such as In N Out.
While reading, I was also reminded of Ed's trip to Naples to find the best pizza in the world only to come away feeling let down. It's always incredible to me how influential factors such as civic pride, nostalgia, expectations, companions, weather, *cough*levelofintoxication*cough* can affect how we perceive a food or eating experience.
Some other thoughts:
1.) "hero roll"? f*ckouttahere! Everyone knows it's a hoagie roll
2.) All the lamentations for expensive cuts of meat and gussied up versions betray the origins of the cheesesteak as an improvised blue collar sandwich. Appreciate it for what it is: a $6 sandwich.
Excellent write and beautiful photos! Can you recommend a good food mill? I have purchased a couple and they both were essentially useless. Also, do you strain the puree to remove any of the seeds?
@A.M.H.A. Haha, glad to see that I'm not the only one thinking "Where are the error bars?" and "Are these results statistically significant?"
I too have found using a regular google search to be more effective than the site search. My point was that having increased functionality within the site search would be more convenient and appreciated. Maybe I'm in the minority on this though.
@MFKontrast: Might I direct you to the Pizzagna...
Not to disparage the previous posters but, when cooking sous vide, the traditional principals of cooking to a certain temperature for desired tenderness don't apply. You're on the right track with the low temperature but for pulled pork (in my experience) you can save yourself a couple days and get superior results by simply bumping your temp up to 150-155 and cooking for 8-12 hours. I've done it both ways and I prefer the higher temp/shorter cook time as the lower temp/longer cook has an inferior texture. Simply put, it comes out a bit mushy. The 150-155 strikes a good balance between the tenderness of the high temp from traditional pulled pork with the juiciness of the lower temp sous vide.
How I do it:
-Cut the shoulder into 2-3 inch chunks
-Coat the pieces in whatever dry rub you like, and seal it up. No need to wait to cook, it will have plenty of time to mingle with the meat while cooking
-Cook at 150-155 for 8-12 hours (you'll know when it's done when you can squish the chunks into fibers in the bag)
-Pour off the rendered juices into a sauce pan, boil the juices down until thickened, after thickened a bit throw in some kethchup, liquid smoke, vinegar, etc, to make a bbq sauce
-While that's happening pull the pork (throw under the broiler if you want some crispy bits
-Toss the pulled pork in the sauce and devour using your bare hands like Khaleesi going to town on a horse heart
-Alternatively serve on buns with cole slaw
During their initial expansion throughout Manhattan Kenji highlighted some consistency issues among the outposts. I'm curious if anyone could comment on whether these differences have been ironed out as they've expanded into other cities or if the problems have been exacerbated.
Snooze in Hillcrest for breakfast. Whoa mama that place was great!
I used to have a waffle iron. Then I tried waffling Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. I used to have a waffle iron.
Great write-up! Their South Side cocktail is a personal favorite. Definitely recommend stopping in for free lunch too.
Have you had a chance to stop by Alemany Farmer's Market yet? It doesn't necessarily have the cachet of the Ferry Building farmers but it's my weekly go to for the best produce at the best prices.
Since moving to SF I've taken a number of your recommendations, thanks in particular for the heads up on El Gallo Giro. So good! Here are a few of my favorites so far: sit at the bar at Sushi Zone, free lunch at Comstock Saloon, cheeseburger at Dear Mom, and an open invite to some grilled steak from Olivier's Butcher in my backyard.
Grandmother of 80?! Assuming they all still live in Old Forge, she's responsible for about 1% of the town's population! Color me impressed.
Chocolate: Philly says Chock-lit, Midwest says Chawk-lit
@Castiron and Kenji
Glad you both liked the idea. My brick hack was definitely born of poverty (grad school) and circumstance (lack of thin crust pizza in Indiana). I'll say that the Kettle Pizza is certainly a more elegant solution and if I had the tools to create a ring out of flashing I'd have loved to do that as well. As it was, I had a grill I couldn't devote totally to pizza, a hammer, and a craving for the leopard print char of thin crust.
It took a bit of tinkering to get the pies just right but after a few weekends of trial and error I was pulling out pies on par with the last picture above. As Scott mentioned, the bricks (I just used regular brick not firebrick) did soak up a lot of heat but I just made it so that the flip up portion of the grate was accessible by leaving the opening there. I could add more fuel as needed that way. What the bricks soaked up in heat I suspect they also put back in, acting as a heat sink to stretch out the number of pies I could get in one night. Adding a couple briquettes up on the grate next to the floor tile also seemed to really help get the char I was looking for. I'll monitor these comments in case you guys have any questions.
Best of luck!
A couple years back I hacked together a Weber Pizza oven using about $20-30 in materials from Home Depot. I bought enough bricks to form a semi-ring around the outside of the grill while upright (think Stonehenge) leaving an opening to slide the pizza in and out. I also picked up two large un-glazed stone tiles (if memory serves me correctly they were 16x16). I trimmed one up to sit on the grate as the floor (with some space between it and the bricks for air circulation. I left the other tile large enough to sit atop the bricks and under the grill lid as the roof.
My process was to spread the lit coals evenly into the grill and place the bricks into their semi circle around the floor tile. I then sealed up the outside of the bricks with a layer of aluminum foil. Then the ceiling tile was place on top of the bricks to hole the foil in place. On top of that I placed the Weber grill lid which added to the stability of the whole structure. I'm not sure how hot the tile surfaces got but the air maxed out my 600 degree thermometer.
Awesome! I'm looking forward to trying out the new feature.
Definitely a whole hog roast
That sandwich looks phenomenal! I have a problem though. After eating a Dutch Crunch sandwich my mouth always feels like I just ate a glass shard burrito. Any insider tips on how to tackle these beasts safely?
1.)What is the advantage to removing the wishbone prior to cooking?
2.)Does anyone else have the wishbone breaking contest in which two people grab an end of the wishbone and pull? The winner (as determined by who got the bigger piece of the bone) gets to make a wish!
An even greater accomplishment than putting Curiosity on Mars? Kenji using a spatula to press down on the chicken WITH THE GRILL LID STILL ON! The man is a magician!
BK's soft serve is fantastic! Though I never tried it before they rolled out the "new" recipe, what they serve now is among my favorite vanilla soft serve ice creams available. Better than the clown, DQ, and Chik-fil-a for sure and probably on par with local ice houses.
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