In theaters and Video-on-Demand on January 2, The Search for General Tso will explore the “culinary mystery” behind the namesake of the most ubiquitous staple of Chinese-American food.
“This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery,” promises the documentary’s synopsis.
“General Tso's chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine?”
Director Ian Cheney travels from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest (and beyond) to do some culinary detective work and find out who and what General Tso was to the Chinese in America.
Even now, the General remains a mystery, with a raging debate about how to pronounce his name, how to spell it, and whether he even liked chicken (“nobody knows”).
Watch the trailer below, and check out the “finger-lickin’ good documentary” when it comes out on January 2, 2015.