- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

Peng Chang-kuei, the inventor of the Chinese carryout staple General Tso’s chicken, died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia, the Taiwan News  reported Friday. He was 98.

Mr. Peng came up with the dish, and its memorable name, on the fly when he prepared dinner for a high-ranking U.S. naval officer visiting Taiwan in 1952 and the admiral asked him the name of the dish.

“Peng chose the name to honor General Tso, a famous military leader from Hunan who helped put down the Taiping Rebellion as well as other rebellions in the 1800s during the Qing Dynasty,” the Taiwan News reported. “He was well respected not only for his successes on the battlefield, but also for his contributions to Chinese agricultural science and education.”

A native of China’s Hunan province who had fled the mainland when the Communist won the civil war, Mr. Peng eventually emigrated to the United States and opened a Chinese restaurant in New York which gained the devotion of UN diplomats and the praise of food critics. The New York Times hailed General Tso’s Chicken in a 1977 story as “a stir‐fried masterpiece, sizzling hot both in flavor and temperature.”

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