Thread: Who is General Tso?

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    • 5 years 6 months ago
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    The most popular Chinese dish in America does not come from China. General Tso's Chicken has overtaken Chop Suey in many Chinese restaurants across the USA. But since no one in China is familiar with America's favorite Chinese meal there is an obvious question, where did this all come from?

    And, who is General Tso?

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    • 5 years 6 months ago
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    I don't give a hoot who General Tso is, just give me a bowl of that chicken!
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    • 5 years 6 months ago
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    According to Wikipedia, General Tso's chicken was introduced in New York in the 1970s and is named in honor of the historic figure.

    Zuo Zongtang (Chinese: 左宗棠; pinyin: Zuǒ Zōngtáng, pronounced [tswɔ̀ tsʊ́ŋtʰɑ̌ŋ]; Courtesy name: Chinese: 季高; pinyin: Jìgāo) (November 10, 1812 – September 5, 1885), spelled Tso Tsung-t'ang in Wade-Giles and known simply as General Tso in the West, was a Chinese statesman and military leader in the late Qing Dynasty.

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