Chef Peng Chang-Kuei, the man who created General Tso’s chicken, died last week, and local restaurateur Guy Wong will pay his respects this evening. Wong and his mother will take to the kitchen at Le Fat to prepare their version of the dish for dinner.
"Tomorrow my mother and I will be hustling out our ‘family recipe’ of General Tso's chicken in tribute to Peng Chang-Keui at Le Fat," Wong wrote in an Instagram post. "This dish that helped put food on our table."
Chang-Kuei died at the age of 98 due to complications from pneumonia. He was born and trained in China’s Hunan province, cooking for the country's nationalist government in the first half of the 20th century. Chang-Kuei fled to Taiwan after the Chinese Communist Party defeated his bosses in the Chinese civil war in 1950. There, he came up with his sweet and spicy fried chicken dish, first preparing it for United States Admiral Arthur W. Radford.
Le Fat is open for dinner tonight from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.