The Search for General Tso, Tsao, Tsau, Co, Gao, Go…..
Last night I saw it! ‘The Search for General Tso’ – a quirky film on America’s obsession with General Tso’s Chicken. It was really interesting, well done and at times made me go ‘hmm’. One Chinese restaurant owner said that some of her customers eat it 7 days a week! Wowser!
Basically, General Tso’s is a version of a spicy, chicken nugget dish from Hunan province named in the US after a famous Ching Dynasty General – sort of a Sino-American cooperative culinary experience!
The reason for all the spellings is due to the attempt to use English letters for Chinese Characters – same issue happened with Beijing vs Peking… more on that later.