Looking for a delicious lunch spot that offers your favorite Chinese food dishes? If so, it’s time to visit San Francisco Kitchen and check out our awesome lunch specials! From savory chow mein to tasty chicken fingers, there’s something for everyone.
Before you come, take a look at some of our lunch specials, along with a short history of each!
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet and sour chicken first gained popularity in the United States in the 1950s, when Chinese cuisine became more widely available in American cities. Today, you will find sweet and sour chicken on the menu of many Chinese restaurants around the world. The dish is typically made by coating pieces of chicken in a batter made from flour and cornstarch, then deep-frying them until crispy. The chicken is then tossed in a sweet and sour sauce made with sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup. Sometimes it includes pineapple or other fruits. People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy sweet and sour chicken, usually with a side of rice and vegetables.
Orange Flavored Beef
Orange flavored beef, also known as orange beef or orange peel beef, is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine that originated in Hunan province. Thin slices of deep-fried beef are tossed in a sticky, sweet, and tangy orange sauce made with fresh orange peel, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and sometimes chili peppers. Orange beef gained popularity in the United States in the 1980s. Chinese chefs who had immigrated to America introduced it to an enthusiastic public. It remains a favorite among diners who enjoy the fusion of sweet and savory flavors.
General Tso’s Spicy Chicken
We don’t know for certain where General Tso’s chicken first originated, but it was probably in the United States in the mid-20th century. The most common story about its origins is that a Chinese chef who was living in New York City in the 1970s invented it. The chef, Peng Chang-kuei, had previously served as a chef to the Nationalist government of China before moving to Taiwan and eventually to the United States. He named it after a legendary Chinese military leader, General Tso. However, there is no evidence to suggest that he had anything to do with the creation of this sweet and spicy Chinese food favorite.
Lunch Time at San Francisco Kitchen
Ready to visit? At San Francisco Kitchen, we pride ourselves on offering our guests an authentic culinary experience that showcases the vibrant flavors and rich traditions of Chinese food. So, the next time you’re craving Chinese food for lunch, keep us in mind! We serve our lunches Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Call or visit us today!