General Tso’s Fast Food Restaurant Not Near Yu!

General Tso’s chicken is s popular sweet deep-fried chicken dish that is served in North American Chinese restaurants. The dish is named after Zuo Zongtang (also romanized Tso Tsung-t’ang), a Qing dynasty statesman and military leader. However, there is no recorded connection to him nor is the dish known in Hunan, Zuo’s home province.

The dish is not found in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, or in Xiangyin County, where Zuo was born. Moreover, Zuo’s descendants in Xiangyin County, when interviewed, say that they never heard of such a dish.

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There’s a clear difference between a Chinese restaurant in China and an Chinese-American restaurant. Bring people straight from China into the latter, and most likely they will be terribly confused by all the zodiac placemats, fortune cookies, and dishes smothered by an extremely generous amount of corn starch. Even amongst Americans, there is still plenty of confusion. “Hey do you want some cream cheese wontons?”

Most of the dishes are revised versions of what’s in China—or don’t exist at all.

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Some even say that the beef and broccoli dish did not exist in China. The fortune BTW was invented in San Francisco,California—true story. A lot of Chinese dishes undergo variations so as to suit the local tastes of the place that they get served to.

(What are Fortune Cookies anyway?)

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I really like authentic ethnic foods. I am always on the look-out for restaurants that serve food this way. So far I’ve found a Mexican, Korean, and a Greek restaurant that serve authentic ethnic foods and there’re unforgettable. There’s something about cooks using real food to pass down real cultural traditions that adhere to the delight of the pallet!!  To Kimchi! To eat kimchi is like getting to know a true taste of Korean culture!

In Conclusion:

I was stationed in Korea in 1969 and get Kimchi at Whole Foods often. At that time, Taegu City (now Daegu), was like living in the 19th century. There were no dogs on the streets: just dogs used for stir-fry dishes!

To be more authentic, you can query for Chinese restaurants with traditional fare.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. judybarbera says:

    Love the General’s sweet chicken!

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    1. Yes. It’s the best!

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  2. josiesvoice says:

    Some even say that the beef and broccoli dish did not exist in China. The fortune BTW was invented in San Francisco,California—true story. A lot of Chinese dishes undergo variations so as to suit the local tastes of the place that they get served to.

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    1. Exactly! I went to a local Chinese restaurant and asked the lady in charge if they served real Chinese food and she literally panicked, afraid some customers may have heard me!

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      1. josiesvoice says:

        LOL. I saw my earlier remark missed out on the word COOKIE for fortune cookie.

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  3. judybarbera says:

    Looks great and the chicken is tempting to say the least!

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    1. Delicious looking……

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    1. There’s a clear difference between a Chinese restaurant in China and an Chinese-American restaurant. Bring people straight from China into the latter, and most likely they will be terribly confused by all the zodiac placemats, fortune cookies, and dishes smothered by an extremely generous amount of corn starch. Even amongst Americans, there is still plenty of confusion. “Hey do you want some cream cheese wontons?”

      Most of the dishes are revised versions of what’s in China—or don’t exist at all.

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      1. I really like authentic ethnic foods. I am always on the look-out for restaurants that serve food this way. So far I’ve found a Mexican, Korean, and a Greek restaurant that serve authentic ethnic foods and there’re unforgettable. There’s something about cooks using real food to pass down real cultural traditions that adhere to the delight of the pallet!! 🥘 😋 🥘 To Kimchi! To eat kimchi is like getting to know a true taste of Korean culture!

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      2. I was stationed in Korea in 1969 and get Kimchi at Whole Foods often.

        At that time, Taegu City, was like living in the 19th century.

        There were no dogs on the streets.
        Just dogs used for stir-fry meat!

        You can also query for Chinese restaurants with traditional fare.

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      3. Well, I’m glad it’s not dog meat that we get now. Lol 🤪

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      4. Maybe sometimes…🐶

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      5. Besides Kimchi, did you like Korean food while you were there?

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      6. The raw fish and stir-fried, whatever, and drinks were unusual to say the least. But popping beetles was not on my menu!

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      7. I’d skip the beetles too. Cucumber kimchi!

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      8. Thank you for serving!!

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  4. I could really go for some General Tso’s right now. Wish there was some decent Chinese closer than 50 miles!

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    1. Halbarbera says:

      I use to work in Washington DC across from a Chinese restaurant. There was a front section for regular customers and another larger area for the bus loads of Chinese visitors. I started to eat with the Chinese and my eyes and accent changed because of it.

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