By Jennifer 8. Lee | August 7, 2008
George Vescey writes about how General Tso did not show up at the Times’ Olympic banquet for everyone who was sent to cover the games. As he writes: “Those of us who have never been to China have always heard that Chinese food is vastly different from what we get in the States â€” takeout or serious.”Â The menu
- Assorted cold platter
- Seafood sour and spicy soup
- Deep-fried prawn with jelly sauce
- Sauteed beefsteak with black pepper sauce
- Steamed fresh sea fish
- Fried lotus root with lily
- Deep-fried chicken
- Fired celery scallop
- Braised tofu with pine soft fungus (mushrooms, that is to say, in a lovely broth)
- Roasted chicken garlic
- Boiled dumplings and fresh fruit
No General Tso’s chicken, he observers. But there chicken that was there came in all its beaky glory. As George writes:
Karen Crouse liked the chicken, moist with a crisp exterior, although she was a bit put off by the chickenâ€™s head perched on the rim of the plate. Personally, I thought the chicken had a proud look on his face, knowing he had served this great news organization from across the sea.
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