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Who Has the Best General T/GAU Chicken?

I know, I know...it's bad for me.

But I am craving it badly...I'd appreciate your advice on where I can get my fix!

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  1. Oh man, Mary Chung's by far. It's so spicy and fantastic. I don't usually order that dish, but I always do there. I want to lick the plate when I'm done.

    However! They are closed on Tuesdays. :( Can you hold off until tomorrow?

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    1. re: maillard

      I'd agree. Qingdao's is supposed to be really good, too, but there's no way I'm ordering off the American section of the menu there.

      Mary Chung's is the best-tasting General Gau's I know of.

      1. re: Kenji

        I had Genereal Gau's Tofu at Qingdao. The sauce was not nearly spicy enough. However, maybe ordered extra spicy and with chicken it would be good. Better than most places, but definitely not better than Mary Chung's. Sadly, Qingdao is also closed on Tuesday.

        1. re: maillard

          I am a Mary Chungs devotee for certain but you have to try the General Gau's at Jin on Rt 1 N in Saugus I was knocked out

          1. re: maillard

            On the Mary Chung menu, they list General Gau's among the House Specials. I'd usually be wary about a Chinese place that did that (GG isn't real Chinese, and there are tons of bad renditions of it around), but MC's version of it is special. I'm told that MC herself is originally from Taiwan (someone let me know if that's not true); but it seems to me that many of the MC dishes are unusually well-executed American-Chinese.

          2. re: Kenji

            I've ordered Gen. Gao from Qingdao a couple of times (no shocker there) - Not spicy, but sauce was more complex than ordinary duck sauce-y taste. Chicken pieces were decent quality - double the amount of broccoli (6 florets vs. standard 3). Some variance in quality - first time, bursting with flavor, crispy fried batter - second time, more...dull. More grist for the different cooks theory.

            1. re: Kenji

              I realize this is a resurrected thread, but I have to agree here. I've long said that this is the one place that I don't feel silly ordering the general.

          3. I really like the tofu version at Zoe's in Somerville.

            1. HI,

              I'd recommend Uncle Cheung's General Gau's chicken on Rte. 9, eastbound, in Framingham. It's amazingly delicious. We've been eating there for over 15 years. It's worth the trip.


              1. The Genral at Great Chow in Quincy is incredible as are their Crab Rangoon.

                1. Since General T/Gau is an unabashedly Americanized dish in the first place, hopefully the Chow community won't pillory me for suggesting two unabashedly Americanized Chinese restaurants as my personal favorites:

                  Changsho - notably light, airy batter, fairly spicy on request, I prefer asking for all white meat.

                  P.F. Chang's - they call it "Chang's Spicy Chicken" here. Little or no batter, I believe this dish is actually wok-fried rather than deep-fried. Get it with brown rice to round out your authentic Chinese experience. When I guiltily walk through Chinatown to go here with folks from the office (the patio really is quite pleasant at lunch, especially with a fresh brewed tropical iced tea), this is what I'll order 9 times out of 10.

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                  1. re: finlero

                    As far as I'm concerned there is nothing wrong with relishing Americanized Chinese. I very much like both Authentic and Americanized Chinese food and I consider them to be apples and oranges. There is no general Chinese for me. I,m either in the mood for Americanized or Authentic. No pillory from me.

                  2. Although I'm more an authentic chinese food person, I have to admit that the one at East Ocean City on Beach St in Chinatown is pretty tempting.

                    1. I haven't had it in a couple of years, but I used to get takeout General Gau's from a place in Medford called Rose's (Boston Ave, Hillside, next to the liquor store). They had by far the best version that I could find in that general area at the time. Not sure if that's at all helpful in the here and now, but I thought I'd share anyway!

                      On a slightly different topic that also came up in this thread: Can anyone tell me why so many Chinese restaurants are closed on Tuesdays? I am used to places being closed on Mondays. Tuesday seems a bit random, but obviously since so many places do it, there is some method to the madness...

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                      1. re: davis_sq_pro

                        This is pure speculation on my part, but I'd imagine Monday is the more profitable day for a Chinese restaurant.

                        When my Monday work day is ending, I'm tired, I don't have groceries...sometimes I'll call for delivery before I hop on the subway, and it's there 10 minutes after I get home. Usually, I've got my act a little more together by Tuesday.

                        See also: City Slicker Cafe recently decided to open on Mondays.

                      2. The best General Gau's/Cho's/Tso's,etc., that I ever had is served at "Chinatown" on the Sharon/Stoughton, MA line. A very urbane and busy restaurant; featuring an open and spotlessly clean kitchen! Friendly and attentive service, too.
                        Also order the Homemade Noodles with Beef & Black Bean Sauce. This is quite possibly the best Asian dish that I have ever eaten in my entire life.
                        We drive all the way from Worcester, MA for them! You can swing by IKEA (poor man's Epcot) -- which is a couple of miles East of the place -- after dinner to walk off the calories!

                        1. An historical note from Fuchsia Dunlop.


                          ~ Kiran <entropy@io.com>

                          1. Fuloon's is off the hook.

                            1. General Gau used to order millions, according to legend. Now millions order him

                              but only us hounds know that Mary Chung's is where his spirit is channeled with dignity.

                              Mary Chung Restaurant
                              460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139