The Man Behind the Chicken – Who is General Tso?

General Tso was, in fact, a real person. Though he has about as much to do with the creation of General Tso’s Chicken as Pavel Stroganov had to do with the creation of Beef Stroganoff.

Tso Tsungtang or Zou Zongtang was born on November 10th, 1812 and throughout his life became one of China’s most frightening and talented military leaders until his death in 1885. He was born in Hunan province where the cuisine has the firepower to rival that of the infamous Sichuan province, though Hunan cuisine is a slow building burn that Sichuan is right up front.