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Yangzhou, a major trade center in China's Jiangsu province, is where two stories intersect. History tells us fried rice originated there centuries ago when the locals introduced it as a tasty way of disguising leftovers. At the same time, the city's trade status was attracting travelers both famous and infamous, from Marco Polo to Kublai Khan. As these travelers came and went, Yangzhou's fried rice traveled with them. And that's the story of how a leftover creation became a global sensation. See what we did there?
The famous dish was created in 1952 and named after General Zuo Zongtang, a Chinese military leader in the late 1800's. The creator of this popular dish, Peng Chang-kuei, died in 2016 at the age of 98! That's a long, delicious life of eating General Tso's. Coincidence? WE THINK NOT.
From prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, pepper was so highly valued that it was used as currency. Attila the Hun himself demanded a ransom of more than a ton of this "black gold" when he attacked 5th century Rome. Now, we don't condone violence, of course, but we can understand why people would fight over our Szechuan Pepper Steak.