So many people come to NYC and with their varied cultures they change the City and the City changes them. No more is this more so than in regard to food, witness the famous New York pizza.
But now a classic tale of NYC changing up the basis of a Chinese classic dish to suit itself is hitting the screens. There is now a new documentary out called ‘The Search for General Tso’
It relates to the tale of General Tso, a ruthless 19th Century warrior from Hunan who was honored by having a new dish named after him in 1955, The chicken dish was distinguished by having a great hot and sour sauce, echoing the fiery and ruthless temperament of it’s namesake.
The dish was then introduced to New York in 1972 and the chef who bought it to NYC changed it to cater to New York tastes by making the sauce sweeter. It quickly became a NYC favorite dish and then conquered the whole of America.
So in this case the originator of the dish, the renowned Chef Peng of China, still alive at 90 yrs old, can’t recognize the dish he originally created. It’s been all dolled up with broccoli and an overly sweet sauce. For the full story see New York Post