General Tso's Chicken

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General Tso's Chicken is a chicken dish that is often served in American Chinese restaurants. It is named after the 19th century Chinese military leader Zuo Zongtang (formerly rendered as Tso Tsung-t'ang), but he neither invented it nor ever ate it. The proper pronunciation would therefore roughly be "Tswo", but many variations exist, such as "Tao", which Strong Bad uses. The meal appears popular in Free Country, USA and is typically seen in a take-out box.

The dish was first referenced in the Original Games Menu, spelled as "General Tsu's chicken". The Second Games Menu expanded the reference to "the master himself, General Tso. Or is it General Tsu? Or wait. General Tao?" The spelling of "Tsu", and reference to the "old master", are probably a result of mixing up Zuo Zongtang with the much more ancient Chinese military leader Sun Tzu, generally considered author of the famous book of military strategy The Art of War.

General Tso's Chicken is most often seen in Strong Badia. It first appeared in the email ghosts, discovered by Strong Bad and The Cheat as they searched for ghosts. The green fumes it emitted were simply because it was grody and rotten, not haunted as they hoped. Later, it appeared among the obstacles in the game Awexome Cross. It then turned up as one of the Mount RidesPlace USA Mascots, named "Ryan S." and played by Homsar. General Tso's Chicken is one of Strong Badia's Seven Elemental Spirits along with snake seen on the national flag, the Painting of a Guy with a Big Knife, the Fish Wearing a Fro Wig, and the British Distance Runner.

Bubs grinds a whole box of General Tso's Chicken (among other things) into a sausage casing in One Two, One Two.

A Chinese chicken dish appeared in big white face as one of the many items that can be topped upon The Poopsmith's cake by clicking on it. It is unclear as to whether this is General Tso's chicken or a different variety.

A similar take-out box appears in Dangeresque Roomisode 1, albeit printed with a different design (a "Dragon Man") on the front.

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