Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Tso What?: "General Tso's Chicken - fried boneless dark-meat chicken, served with vegetables and whole dried red peppers in a sweet-spicy sauce - is one the most common yet enigmatic dishes you will find on a Chinese menu. It makes you wonder: Who was General Tso? What was his association with chicken? Why in God's name is this dish (which even a culinary incompetent like me could probably make) listed as a 'Chef's Specialty' on most menus?"

And I thought that it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken. Apparently this is a synergy of a ruthless general from recent Chinese history, New York City and it's introduction to Hunan and Sechuan cuisine, marketing strategies and pure conjecture.

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