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Mar 16, 2009 10:49 AM

General Tso's Chicken??

I'm looking for the best general tso's chicken in Boston. I've tried a few places but none are quite right... chicken should be good quality (and not resemble "mystery meat" that makes you close your eyes when you bite it in half), crispy, and with a delicious sauce. If anyone has any recommendations for a place in or around Boston, please let me know.

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  1. Jo Jo Taipei's "country spicy taste chicken" (under Fusion dishes on the menu) is their version of General Tso's, down to the broccoli on the side. The second-best iteration of the dish I have ever had. The first best is at Fuloon in Malden, but it was only on their New Year's special menu this year, unless they took the advice of everyone I know who tasted it and put it on their regular menu.

    Looking forward to the almost assured onslaught of sniffy posts about how anyone could ever want to eat such an "inauthentic" dish.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Fuloon put it on the regular menu, but only available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, along with the rest of that menu It is DAMN tasty stuff.

      1. re: Chris VR

        Plus, Fullon puts it on the lunch buffet on weekends. So you can authentic Chinese food and General Tso's Chicken in the same meal for a great fixed price.

        1. re: Delhiwala

          Really? What else do they have for the weekend buffet, is it northern style dim sum?

          1. re: nfo

            The weekend lunch buffet has about 6-8 yummy appetizers (e.g., scallion pancakes, pork dumplings, egg rolls, etc.), about 8-10 main dishes, rice and noodles as well as an entire buffet table of dim sum dishes and another smaller table of deserts and dipping sauces. Oh, they also have 2 or 3 soups (the hot and sour is fabulous). All this for about $10 a person (including wondeful hot tea of course), and free parking is never a problem.
            When I went there on Saturday for the buffet lunch the place was quite full and about 90 percent of the people appeared to be Chinese.

            1. re: Delhiwala

              Second that. Some of the smaller items can be dry and sad but pick carefully and you can do well. It's *much* busier than even 6 months ago, so if you're remembering it from then, things have picked up a lot. I don't think it's a special destination yet, but it's pretty good. And if you don't want the buffet the chef is in the kitchen.

        2. re: Chris VR

          Is the Fuloon version still up to par? I haven't dined with the General for several years, but the SE recipe now has me craving a fix...

          Most importantly, I wonder whether it can possibly pair well with the Mapo Tofu? That's one dish I absolutely must order on every visit to Fuloon... (Although that dish is still really good the next day, so perhaps I can make due.)

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            I was just wondering that myself. I've moved to Lexington and FuLoon is out of my rotation. I hope someone else knows, though.

            1. re: Chris VR

              yes, it's become a go-to dish there for us. diane says they do 2 versions , one spicier? than the other, and frankly, i can't remember whether we've maybe tried both and liked both..... Wrote about it on another F thread iirc,
              and got the sometimes predictable smarmy comments like 'why on earth were you ordering gen. tso's at fuloon?'

              btw, chris, now that you are further from F, maybe you'd like to try Quingdao on Mass Ave near rt.16? There are CHs who really love it. I've only had their frozen dumplings. (See smtucker's post at the current bottom of this thread.)

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Hm, only one thing called "General Tso's" on the menu. Any recollection of what the spicier one might be called? (I'm assuming the General Tso's would be the normal version with sticky sweet sauce, not that there's anything wrong with that :-))


                1. re: davis_sq_pro

                  hi pro, there wasn't a name for it; diane (the ever-present owner) told us about it. Just ask her and she'll help you.

        3. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Actually, I believe there *is* an authentic version of General Tso's Chicken. We cooked it from Fuschia Dunlop's Sezchuan cookbook, "Land of Plenty" during a COTM. It is not sweet and has no batter to speak of but is very tasty and full of flavor. If the recipe was not titled you'd never know it was Gen. Tso's....

          We've had it from Fuloon and agree it is a very nice presentation....

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            It only took 24 hours. See bakerboyz post below. :-) That's actually not too bad.

          2. I haven't ordered General Tso's from this place in about 5 or 6 years, but I remember it being the best I'd ever had - and I would only ever order General Tso at a Chinese restaurant. It was/is at Bille Tse's on the edge of the North End on Commercial St (I think). They also had the best hot and sour soup. Again, I haven't gone there is about 5 or 6 years so if it's not as good as I remember please forgive me!

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            1. re: julieapfel

              Second That. Is was great there back then...

            2. Mary Chung's in Central Sq does a good version.

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              1. re: Prav

                Agreed. I usually eschew The General unless I'm specifically in the mood for ultra-americanized type of stuff, but I really like it here.

                1. re: jgg13

                  It certainly needs some eschewing when not done right. The General Gao's Chicken at Zoe's in Somerville USED TO BE awesome, but has been heading towards the mystery meat end of things in recent times IMO. Might be worth a punt, though.

                  1. re: chickendhansak

                    Interesting. I've lived almost entirely with the sichuan & northern sections of Zoe's menu due to having read some reviews which said to stay away from the other spots. Are there other of the more americanized dishes worth checking out?

              2. Dragon Chef in Needham does a pretty good one, though I can't remember if it was General "Tso" or "Gao". I also can't remember who won the battle that pitted those two against each other, and whether it was the first conflict featuring molten-hot syrupy poultry nuggets as projectiles.

                1. Mary Chung's version of this dish is the best I've ever had.

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                  1. re: Kenji

                    Maybe alot of changes can happen in 5 years, or maybe yesterday was a bad day at MC, but we ordered this yesterday at MC because of the raves here, and it was WAY inferior to Fuloon. Not so much a sauce issue (sweet but not too too)but more the fry job, which was just plain bad. No crunch, thick and dead.Ditto the quality of the chicken itself. And a noticeably smaller portion too.

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      As with most things at MC, I find it better to not do a comparison based on name of a dish and rather view it as it's own thing. They tend to have their own spin on everything, and you'll either like it or not for a given dish