December 3, 2016

WHAT HAVE IMMIGRANTS EVER DONE FOR US?:

Inventor of General Tso's Chicken, Chef Peng Chang-Kuei, is dead at 98  (CONSTANCE GIBBS, 12/02/16, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Peng spent most of his life in the kitchen, first as a banquet chef for the Nationalists before they were ousted by Mao's Communists in 1949.

Peng fled the revolution and ended up in Taiwan, where he continued as a top government cook. His date with destiny came in 1952 when he was assigned to prepare a meal for visiting U.S. Admiral Arthur W. Radford, who had been a guest of Peng on prior visits.

The master chef wanted to create an entirely new item for the dignitary and the resulting battered chicken in a spicy sweet sauce was dubbed "General Tso's Chicken" in honor of the legendary Qing Dynasty military and political leader Zuo Zongtang, who died in glory in 1885.

Peng moved to New York in 1973 and opened his own restaurant, Peng Garden, on E. 44th St. near the United Nations -- where then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger raved about the General Tso's chicken, which Peng once admitted in an interview he had reformulated to be sweeter in deference to the American palate.

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