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Reviewed 22 August 2021

There is a famous saying in China -- "without the Hunanese there is no leadership." Hunan is an inland province in southwest central China. Many great Chinese leaders have come from Hunan including Zuo Zong-tang, a famous statesman and general from the Ching Dynesty. General...Tso's chicken is named for him. General Tso's Chicken is deep fied chicken that is sweet, savory and spicy. It's one of the standout dishes in America;s Chinatowns.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 17 April 2021

General Tso's Chicken is a deep fried chicken dish, that is sweet, savory and spicy. It is named after -- or named in honor -- of Zuo Zong-tang, a Ching Dynasty statesman and military leader from Hunan, a province in south central China. The inventor...of General Tso's Chicken, Chef Peng, had to think of a special dish for a visiting American VIP quickly, and General Tso's Chicken was the result.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 7 November 2020

General Tso's Chicken is the most famous dish to come out of Taiwan. Chef Peng Chang-kuei needed a special dish in 1952 for a visiting American VIP, so he came up with his chicken dish, named for General Tso. General Tso was from Hunan (as...was Chef Peng) , which is famous for is spicy food. When Chef Peng migrated to New York City in 1973, he modified his special chicken for American tastes and the recipe spread like wildfire through the Chinatowns of the US. By the way, General Tso's chicken is the chicken' thigh with sticky-spicy sweet sauce.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 26 November 2019

We were there twice in a week. First time we ordered from Manuel but we saw everyone was having a 10 course set Manuel. So the second time we went back and try that. It was quite good. You will think with 10 courses it...will be slow service. It was served timely and hot. I don’t know how the kitchen and service people cat coordinate this well. We like the sauté shrimp wrap with lattice, honey cure ham in a bun, the steam fish was so tasty, and the steam pork and chicken soup. Overall it is great food experience at a great price.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I went to Peng’s Gourmet & Banquet to eat General Tso chicken because of the documentary “The Search for General Tso” that serials the history of the iconic Chinatown dish in North America. General Tso chicken as a dish cannot be found anywhere in Asia...except for here in Taipei, Taiwan where the original chef created the dish to commemorate an old General from Either Three Kingdoms era or Ming dynasty era. The service from the staff was excellent. The food was delicious as well. The General Tso chicken is definitely delicious but don’t expect the American style dish. The Taiwanese version is not sweet at all as Taiwanese do not prefer their main courses to be sweet. When the Taiwan chefs brought the dish to America, they sweetened the dish to suit the American dining experience. Still it’s great to savour the dish as it was original created and it is delicious.More

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 28 January 2018

We got a dinner set comprised by eight dishes. The food was very tasty. The appetizer was incredibly good, out of this world, not sure about the name, but it was a small tortilla wrap with a slice of bacon and bak kwa (the dried...chinese beef). That one was my favorite dish of all the dinner set. The other dishes were great, such as the roasted chicken, soup and green veggies. I would go back again.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I visited the restaurant with my Father-In-Law, we went to try the original General Tso's Chicken. The location is within walking distance of the Zhongshan Elementary School MRT station (orange line), and is located on the 2nd floor of an elevator building (although we walked...the one flight of stairs). The restaurant is a bit dated, but still a nice sit-down meal environment, and many Taiwanese families were having dinner there on a Wednesday evening. The menu was bilingual -English & Chinese- with photos of every item. We ordered the famous General Tso's Chicken (左宗棠雞), Shrimp Lettuce Wraps (生菜蝦鬆), Fried Rice, and Beer for the two of us. For larger groups, tables included a lazy susan (circular spinning table top) so that dishes may be shared. The food was tasty and the portions were generous for the two of us, we took food home. The staff was also very polite.More

Date of visit: February 2017
Reviewed 11 November 2016

My favorite Chinese-American food is General Tso's chicken. I wanted to go to the original location and see how it was made and how it tasted. So I flew to Taipei, Taiwan and searced for the original location and the original creator, Chef Peng, established...in 1955. I was not disappointed. The dish was very different from the American version. The chicken pieces were larger, the battered skin was lighter and the dish was in spicy chillies. The original dish is not very sweet, like in America, and there is no broccoli. I enjoyed it. This was a proper Chinese meal from Hunan province.More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed 12 June 2016

We dined here because of a documentary on General Tso's Chicken we watched. But the GTC here tastes nothing like what you get in the US. In fact the Korean Fried Chicken we had the next day tasted more like GTC! Otherwise the food at...Peng's is good and tastes a lot like what you get in Hunan but nothing stand-out in a city of culinary greats.More

Date of visit: June 2016
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Some friends and colleagues took us to this restaurant when we were in Taipei, so we had locals to help understand what each dish was. That certainly helped; however, I don't think it would have been entirely necessary. There are pictures and English translations in...the very extensive menu. As others have said, they have a specialty which is basically General Tso's chicken, but it is not called that on the menu. I can't recall the name of the dish, but if you ask them about their special chicken, I'm sure that they can point it out to you. Everything we had was delicious, though, so I don't think you could go wrong.More

Date of visit: February 2016
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5