Do you know who General Tso is?
I don’t, but I do know about his chicken. And if you’ve ever ordered Chinese food before, I’m sure you do too.
General Tso’s chicken is a staple item on almost every single Chinese restaurant menu in the United States. It’s like burgers on any diner menu in the country. Although the dish has become so representative of Chinese food, the origin of the dish is somewhat a mystery. Outside of the US, General Tso’s Chicken is not a common item on the menu, if ever to be listed on the menu. If the dish isn’t from China, where did it come from? Wicked Delicate Films took it on themselves to help us figure out the mystery of General Tso’s ever famous chicken with their feature-length documentary – The Search for General Tso.
The documentary will follow the dish through small towns and big cities all across America in pursuit of the story behind the famous General and his chicken. Here is their recently released trailer:
I am a big fan of Chinese food, but I have never heard of General Tso’s Chicken outside of America. Malaysia has a large Chinese population so there is no shortage in variety of Chinese food to choose from, but I have never once seen it on a menu back home before. So I am looking forward to watching this documentary when it releases late this year. With a order of Chinese take-out, of course.
If you’re from any other country in the world, had you ever heard of General Tso’s Chicken before coming to the US? Or have you ever seen the dish in any other country besides America before? Do you know of any other dishes that have become dishes representative of a culture’s cuisine that aren’t actually part of their original menu?
(Hint hint: the California roll!)