Peng Chang-kuei

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Peng.
Peng Chang-kuei
Born (1918-09-26)September 26, 1918
Changsha, Hunan province, China
Died November 30, 2016(2016-11-30) (aged 98)
Taipei, Taiwan
Occupation Chef
Children Chuck Peng (son)

Peng Chang-kuei Chinese: 彭長貴; 1918–2016) was a Taiwanese chef who is generally credited with being the creator of General Tso's chicken, a popular Chinese dish in Western countries.[1][2] Peng was a chef to Chiang Kai-shek,[3] and migrated to New York City in the 1970s, opening a restaurant which was frequented by United Nations officials.[4] He made the dish sweeter to cater to the US palate.[5]


He was married three times and had seven children, six of whom survive, along with numerous grandchildren. On November 30, 2016, Peng died from pneumonia in Taipei, Taiwan. He was 98 years old.[4][6]


  1. Editor, Hilary Hanson Viral News; Post, The Huffington (2016-12-02). "Chef Peng Chang-kuei, General Tso's Chicken Inventor, Dies At 98". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  2. "General Tso's Chicken creator, Chef Peng Chang-Kuei, is dead". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  3. Langer, Emily (2016-12-02). "Peng Chang-kuei, credited as creator of General Tso's chicken, dies at 97". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. 1 2 Everington, Keoni (2 December 2016). "Inventor of General Tso's Chicken dies in Taipei at age 98". Taiwan News. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. "How a Hunanese dish became a US favourite". BBC. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  6. Grimes, William (2 December 2016). "Peng Chang-kuei, Chef Behind General Tso's Chicken, Dies at 98". New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2016.

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