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Kung Pao Chicken - Chinese food

2008年10月30日 22:00:57 sz12 Culture


This spicy dish with peanuts (a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture) chili peppers and chicken comes from the province of Szechuan in western China. The exact origins of Kung Pao Chicken are lost to history. It's common knowledge that this dish is named after an official; however, from there it all gets rather murky. In some versions Kung Pao is a general who lived during the Ching dynasty. In others, he is a crown prince who discovered this dish while travelling and brought it back to the Imperial Court. Whatever the case, the stories demonstrate the Chinese belief that naming a dish after an important figure gives it more prestige, so much so that during the Cultural Revolution, Chinese revolutionaries renamed the dish "Gong Bao Ji Ding" or "fast-fried chicken cubes."


In culinary terms, Kung Pao refers to a dish that has been prepared in a certain style. You'll find recipes for Kung Pao Shrimp, Beef, and even vegetables. However, the traditional dish is made with chicken.

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