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No Asian fusion menu would be complete without Chinese food. In fact most Americans are eating Asian fusion Chinese when they visit a Chinese restaurant, here in the Outer Banks, or otherwise. You are only likely to find authentic mainland Chinese cuisine in Chinatown or China. Regardless of this fact, most Americans are proud of our fusion Sino-American dishes and they are downright delicious.
In fact the dishes do have some origin, or similarity to their mainland China counterparts. In some cases this is a stretch but work with me here. Americanizing Chinese took the flavors and the most..delicious parts of these Oriental delights, and made them almost taste caricatures of the mainland Chinese dishes.
Glazes, frying, and massive portions of American meat like pork, chicken,shellfish, and beef were infused into taste explosions like orange chicken, beef with broccoli, Mongolian barbecue, Sweet and Sour Shrimp, and of course the grandaddy transplant of them all…General Tso’s Chicken.
Outer Banks Chinese Food: General Tso’s Chicken
There are battles over where this dish, a staple of our menu, was invented. It is Asian Fusion Chinese at its finest, pulling some of the nuances of Peking Duck into fried morsels of sweet and spicy goodness. This is a stretch but Peking Duck combines a Hoisin glaze with a crispy outside. But we take it a step further. We use Chicken, fried chicken (hey this is America we are talking about), and douse it with a combination of an ultra sweet Hoisin glaze or plum sauce.
Now that is fusion! And we offer it on our menu in all its multicultural gourmet glory in the Outer Banks..
But Where does the dish come from and who is General Tso?
Your answer will be coming from an article I saw in The Huffington Post online. So here we go.
- General Tso is a famous Chinese general who suppressed a rebellion started by a man who thought he was GOD.
- The dish that would become General Tso’s chicken originated in Taiwan but is somewhat different than our version of General Tso’s chicken.
- Another chef created a dish in the 20th Century in New York City which is like our modern day version of General Tso….except it is known as General Ching’s Chicken.
- General Ching mentored General Tso back in China, so we know he has the credentials (this really has nothing to do with the actual dish but I thought it was a fun fact)
- Then the name General Tso was added to the General Ching dish recipe.
- Our tastebuds were conquered (I added this little fact).
- So basically the dish was completely thought of in New York City. It is an American Chinese dish and is a staple of our version of this style of food. And I say to that.
I salute you Sino Generals and Chefs for your contribution to the American palette and waistline
A Step Too Far…Outer Banks Flavors meet Americanized Chinese?
Since General Tso’s chicken is really a totally Americanized version of Chinese food called General Ching’s chicken it got me to thinking. Could we fuse the dish even more? Would this be dangerous or pointless as it can’t be improved. I say to this:
Let’s create some fictional dishes in the style of General Tso’s chicken. A few quick disclaimers
Don’t try this at home
These are fictional and have not been created in an actual kitchen
But if you do try it against my warning, it might be fun. Lets pull a few possible things from our Outer Banks/ North Carolina flavor and dish inventory. We will start with:
- Sweet bbq sauce
- Traditional vinegar bbq sauce
- Cole slaw (used mostly for pork bbq on the bun)
- Shredded pork sandwich
- Fried chicken
- Beef brisket
- Hush puppies
- Hot sauce
Now let’s fuse these together
Combine General Tso’s sauce (hoison or plum glaze) with sweet bbq sauce and create:
General Tso’s Chicken BBQ
Then we could forgo the slicing and just fry the General Tso’s chicken as a patty, put it on the bun and add close slaw creating
General Tso’s Chicken BBQ Sandwich
How about we add General Tso’s Chicken glaze sauce to the ribs and have
General Tso’s Ribs
Now let us fry up that shrimp and coat it with the General Tso’s glaze BUT add hot sauce, sweet bbq sauce and a splash of Carolina vinegar sauce to create
General Tso OBX Shrimp
And for fun let’s bottle up our mixture of vinegar bbq, sweet bbq and traditional General Tso’s glaze and call it:
General TsOBX Barbecue sauce
For now join us at Buddhalicious for Chinese food or, if you want to be gastronomically correct, Asian fusion style General Tso’s chicken. See you there!
n by Michael Saks
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