Making a pilgrimage to the original Taipei restaurant credited with inventing General Tso’s Chicken
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Writers from Taiwan News paid a visit yesterday to the original Peng’s Garden
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]