Sunday, December 4, 2016

General Tso.

This is coolbert:

Sometimes it even amazes me the sources for new blog entries.

Here with such an example. That military dimension unmistakable.

From Freeper and as copied more or less in entirety:

"Inventor of General Tso's Chicken dies in Taipei at age 98"

"Chef Peng Chang-kuei . . . the founder of the famous Hunan-style restaurant chain Peng's Garden Hunan Restaurant . . . . and inventor of the world famous Chinese dish General Tso's Chicken, died on Nov. 30 at the age of 98 from pneumonia."

"A native of Changsha, Hunan Province, Peng began training at the age of 13 under the tutelage of the famous Hunan chef Cao Jing-chen . . . . After WWII, he was put in charge of running Nationalist government banquets, and in 1949 he fled to Taiwan after the Nationalist forces were defeated by the Communists in the Chinese Civil War."

"According to an interview with the China Times, Peng says that his most famous dish was created in 1952 during a four-day visit by U.S. Seventh Fleet commander Admiral Arthur W. Radford. After three days, he had served the guests most of his repertoire of dishes, so to try and mix things up a bit, he decided to chop some chicken into big chunks, fry it to a golden hue and then added a different combination of sauce and seasoning to create a new dish."

"The admiral was so impressed with the dish that he asked Peng what it was called, he thought quickly on his feet and said 'General Tso's Chicken'"

"Peng chose the name to honor General Tso, a famous military leader from Hunan who helped put down the Taiping Rebellion as well as other rebellions in the 1800s during the Qing Dynasty. He was well respected not only for his successes on the battlefield, but also for his contributions to Chinese agricultural science and education."

The admiral was impressed and probably so would have been the general. YES!


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