Peng’s Garden: The Mecca of General Tso’s Chicken in Taipei

Making a pilgrimage to the original Taipei restaurant credited with inventing General Tso’s Chicken

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/03
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Writers from Taiwan News paid a visit yesterday to the original Peng’s Garden

Authentic General Tso’s Chicken from original Peng’s Garden Hunan Restaurant in Taipei. (By Taiwan News)

Hunan Restaurant (彭園湘菜館) to learn more about the history of the famed eatery, a place which should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Taipei, and to sample its world-famous dish — General Tso’s Chicken (左宗棠雞).

Though many Westerners may not have heard of Peng’s Garden, it’s trademark dish — General Tso’s Chicken — is on the menu of virtually every Chinese restaurant in North America and much of the Western world. The dish recently gained renewed attention due to a documentary released in 2014 titled “The Search for General Tso” directed by Ian Cheney and the sad passing of the dish’s legendary inventor Chef Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴) in late 2016.

In an interview with Taiwan News, the general manager and top apprentice of Peng, Chef Chen Cheng-chuan (陳正川), elaborated on the rich history of the restaurant chain and revealed some of the secrets behind its signature dishes.    [FULL  STORY]

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