Beijing: Chinese-born chef credited with creating the internationally popular dish , was yesterday announced to have died by his son., a
Peng conceived the famed dish, which is unknown in China, as unfried. Garlic and soy sauce provided flavour, as did chillies. Today the chicken is served across the US as fried chicken in a sweet, sticky sauce. The chillies remain, with broccoli also appearing. Peng named it after from his native ; Zongtang assisted in suppressing the 19th-century .
Peng said the meal was invented for a US admiral visiting Taiwan. Over 3 days, he was contracted to produce several banquets, with not one repeated dish. After exhausting traditional chicken dishes, he said he created what became General Tso’s chicken as an experiment.
Later, he ran Peng’s, a chain of Taiwanese restaurants. General Tso’s chicken also remained popular across the US. His son claimed he remained working in the kitchen until a few months before his death, at 97. In a documentary two years ago, shown photos of General Tso’s chicken served in the US in modern times, he remarked “This is all crazy nonsense.”
Running away from his farming family in Japanese invasion. He fathered 7 children, 6 of whom remain alive, from 3 marriages. Chuck Peng described his father as “very good to other people, [but] very hard on his family.” Peng Jr spoke of a “very demanding” man who “thought other people’s cooking was no good.”, Peng trained under Cao Jingchen. He fled communist rule that followed the 1930s
Two years ago, the Taipei City government had awarded Peng an Outstanding Citizen award. Then 95 and unstable, he collected the award in person and delivered a speech in.
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