There are two types of chicken dishes that originated in China that are popular in the United States: sesame chicken and General Tso chicken.
They differ in many ways and if you don’t know how to differentiate between these two dishes, let’s figure it out in this article.
What is sesame chicken?
Sesame chicken is a dish that consists of breaded and deep-fried pieces of chicken, coated with sesame seeds.
The coating is usually sweetened by corn syrup or honey.
The origins of this dish are not entirely clear but it seems to have originated in the United States during the 20th century as an Americanized Chinese food dish.
It has been adopted into many cuisines all over the world and now appears on menus as far away as Africa, India, Brazil, and Australia.
In China, it’s called “chicken with sesame”, while in Korea it’s known as “sangchu kalbi”.
In Thailand, they call these fried bites “gai tao”.
What is General Tso chicken?
General Tso’s chicken is a type of sweet and sour dish that is often served with broccoli.
It was created in the United States by Chinese immigrants, so it isn’t actually a traditional Chinese dish.
It usually consists of chunks of dark meat deep-fried in an egg batter and then tossed in a spicy s