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Man Credited With Inventing General Tso's Chicken Dies

Chef Peng Chang-kuei was 98
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2016 4:54 PM CST

(Newser) – The chef who has been credited with inventing General Tso's chicken—a world-famous Chinese food staple not served in China—has died, the AP reports. He was 98. Chef Peng Chang-kuei brought the sticky, sweet-and-sour dish to New York 40 years ago. It became a favorite of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the chef's Manhattan restaurant and spread to menus across the country.

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Peng's son, Chuck Peng, says his father died Wednesday in Taipei, Taiwan. Chuck Peng runs the family's Taiwan restaurant chain, Peng's, where his father still cooked until a few months ago. He says his father created the dish in the 1950s for a US Navy commander and named it after a 19th-century Chinese military leader. (Read more Chinese food stories.)

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