Fortune Cookie Chronicles

New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee, an obsessive of Chinese food culture, reveals that the legendary General Tso is now dabbling in pizza-making. A reader of her Fortune Cookie Chronicles blog sent her a photo of a menu at a Philadelphia Chinese restaurant that features "Chinese pizza." You can order your pie with General Tso sauce, sesame garlic sauce, or hoisin barbecue.

This is funny because—and I may have told this story before; bear with me—a Chinese translator I know once had to translate some documents for a Chinese restaurant trade association. There was a bit of advice in the papers to the effect of: "Gweilo seem to like anything named General Tso's. We encourage you to think beyond chicken and put 'General Tso's shrimp,' 'General Tso's tofu,' or 'General Tso's pork' on your menu."

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought anyone would come up with General Tso's pizza, though. [via Gordon]


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