In Defense of General Tso's and the Whole U.S. Friggin A.
|Our new national dish?|
In good ol' Frisco, true
jingoists patriots can find a stellar Genral Tso's ($9.95) at Tai Chi, where they've been dishing it out since the '70s. A platter of Cleveland Browns orange, lacquered chicken chunks arrives at the table oozing steam. After sinking your teeth into the crispy nuggets, you'll understand what makes Tai Chi's Genral Tso's a source of national pride. First, a bang of sugar and ginger followed by a surprising whack of red pepper, enough that you'll want to knock back a few Tsingtaos Budweisers to cool down. Of course, we're just guessing at the ingredients because, like our beloved Colonel, the recipe is secret. Healthy? Hardly. Authentic? Who cares? American? As apple pie.
Tip: If ordering for delivery, ask for the chicken extra crispy and the sauce on the side and toss them together over high heat for a minute or two.
Tai Chi, 2031 Polk Street (at Broadway), 441-6758