General Tso’s Chicken
My friend Peng has been bugging me to make General Tso’s chicken for several months now. He lives in California and is really into the Asian-Mexican fusion thing, so he’s fixated on the idea of a General Tso’s burrito with fried rice and kimchi. I don’t know how I feel about that, but I’m nothing if not accommodating, so here I am…making General Tso’s chicken. You’re welcome, Peng. I don’t usually order General-anything from Chinese restaurants, but Dan loves the stuff. He’s come a long way in his Chinese food-eating habits, but he’ll still pick General Tso/Gao’s chicken over “real” Chinese food any day. Wikipedia tells me that while General Tso’s chicken is thought to have originated somewhere in Hunan Province, China, there is no historically recorded recipe for it in Hunan, and General Tso’s own living descendants, when interviewed, had never heard of the dish. Whatever the origin, it seems like everyone I know loves General Tso’s chicken, Chinese people included.