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Watch: ‘The Search For General Tso’ Solves a Culinary Mystery

Watch: 'The Search For General Tso' Solves a Culinary Mystery

No matter where you are in America, your local Chinese restaurant is sure to have one dish on the menu: General Tso’s chicken. It might seem banal, but there is a great deal of mystery surrounding this food’s origins.

Like fortune cookies, General Tso’s chicken isn’t originally from China. So then where did it originate from,  and why is it named for "General Tso"?

Judging from the trailer, the expediency with which the dish rose to popularity, made this fairly simple question tricky to answer.

What’s more is the wide-range of emotional reactions that emerge out of conversations about the dish. White Americans rave about it ("Divine!"), Chinese people are perplexed by it ("It looks like frog") and chefs seem bemused ("It’s become comfort food! It’s replaced meatloaf and fried chicken").

Curious for more? Check out the trailer below:

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TC Kirkham

Caught this at IFF Boston last year – it’s informative, hilarious, and a fun look inside the American Chinese food industry. I happen to be a huge fan of director Ian Cheney and he’s really hit the mark on this one. I hope everyone will check it out when it hits theaters and VOD in January.

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