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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.

              JoJo

              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.