Just when you think 2016 couldn’t get any worse, just when you THINK you have a minute to catch your breath in between the week-to-week dick kickings that this horrendous fucking year has dealt us – 2016 has done it again.
“Chef Peng Chang-kuei, the inventor of the world-famous Chinese dish General Tso’s chicken, has died. The restaurateur died of pneumonia on Wednesday at the age of 98, Taiwan News reported.” -Huffington Post
I’m still catching my breath from a few days ago from the creator of the Big Mac, Jim Delligati, dying on Monday at the ripe age of 98. It’s just one thing after another this year.
HuffPost did a little piece about the history of the delicious, magical chicken – but I’ve always been more curious about the origin of the name. Around my way, we call it General Gao’s chicken – but apparently Peng whipped up the dish for an Admiral and named it “General Tso’s Chicken” in reference to an acclaimed military general from Hunan, Peng’s home region.
Any way you name it, we all know that General Gao/Tso’s chicken is fucking delicious. Whenever you need it, it’s there for you. I’ve had hundreds of hangovers that have been thwarted by a nice re-heated plate of The General, and many more inebriated evenings that have landed me at my favorite Chinese spot in this plane of existence (Peter Woo’s Chinese Restaurant in my hometown of Revere, Massachusetts).
Pour out a little duck sauce for the legend known as Chef Peng Chang-kuei this weekend, and hang your Chinese takeout menus at half mast. We lost a real one, folks. Rest in peace.
Let us know how you plan to honor this great man’s legacy on Twitter at @WickedGoodGames. We can mourn together.