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Putting the naming controversy (Tso/Tao) aside, let's rap about some really good chicken. General Tso chicken is a North American Chinese food favorite, and has been for over half a century. The famous recipe can be broken down into components. There's the sauce: soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, dried red chile peppers (whole), garlic, and MSG. The batter: egg, cornstarch. And there's the dish: broccoli, chicken (cubed). All this is prepared in a professional fryer or, alternatively, skillfully in a wok. The following is an unranked list of some of the best restaurants serving the General's chicken in Montreal. Please send us your suggestions for places we've missed!
Wok Cafe1845 rue St. Catherine WestWok Cafe is known for their General Tao. Specify you want it crispy and it's some of the best Tao in the city. Available for delivery and at $9.99 the General Tao w/ rice and veggies is a steal! Facebook page
La Maison Bulgogi2127 rue St. Catherine WestMaison Bulgogi is owned by Koreans who lived in China as well, thus they offer side dishes like kimchi! This place also has standout hot pot and General Tao's chicken! Facebook page
Restaurant Soy5258 boul St. LaurentThere's lots to love at Soy, including less sweet, more soy sauce-y, Taiwanese style General Tao chicken. Soy also does classics like duck, pork, and seafood dumplings. Facebook page
Maison Kam Fung1111 rue St. UrbainMaison Kam Fung is a Montreal Chinese heavyweight, and they deliver with fabulous General Tao chicken. Kam Fung also has great dim sum, fried noodle dishes, and mango & coconut jello! Facebook page
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Poutineville1365 Ontario EstThese dangerous and radical poutine engineers have, among their many concoctions, a delicious general tao poutine. Though it only comes out at special occasions like Poutine Week, this atomic poutine deserved a mention on the General's list. Facebook page
L'orchidee de Chine2017 rue PeelThis downtown Montreal chinese spot is a must try for the General's chicken. L'orchidee also features good crispy spring rolls, bean paste, fish with bean sauce, peanut butter ravioli, five spice smoke spare ribs, and delicious Szechuan style beef. Facebook page
Cuisine Szechuan2350 rue GuyThis chinese resto is a Montreal favorite for peanut chicken, General Tao chicken, cumin beef, and stir fried green beans w/ shredded pork. The fish stew and lamb hot pot are also favorites at Cuisine Szechuan. Be sure to mention your spice preferences to your waiter, as they can crank it way up, or down, as you prefer. Facebook page
Chez Chili1050 rue ClarkThe General Tao chicken here is among their best dishes. Other standouts include the sichuan lamb with onions and cumin, mushroom casserole, and delicious veggie dishes too. Facebook page
Deville Dinerbar1425 rue StanleyDeville Dinerbar is a downtown favorite for decadent dishes like fried chicken and grilled salmon. Deville also lays claim to a fantastic general tao's chicken salad! This lower-carb option comes in a large bowl of spinach et al. with typical dressings of a Chinese chicken salad -- only this salad was topped with huge chunks of freshly breaded General Tso chicken. The chicken is moist and served in large portions, but not overly glazed in sugary sauce or greasy. Facebook page
Yuan Végétarien2115 rue St. DenisThis veggie resto makes Grade A faux General Tso's chicken. The sweet & sour sauce is perfect and the consistency is as good as it gets. Other favorites here are peanut ravioli, soya brochette, and steak w/ pineapple sauce! Imitation japanese eel and "curry pork" are must-order items as well. Facebook page
Restaurant Szechuan400 rue Notre-Dame OuestThis Vieux-Montreal Szechuan resto has seriously good general tao chicken. This chicken is made w/ high quality chicken breast, fried rice and comes w/ corn & crabmeat soup and a spring roll as part of the lunch special. The sauce on the chicken is delicate, not too sticky or sweet.
Restaurant Beijing92, Rue De La Gauchetière OuestResto Beijing is renowned for their amazing General Tao chicken and General Tao tofu! This spot also makes amazing pickled cabbage, chicken fried rice, and veggie hot pots, are also must try's at Beijing. Try the sizzling lemon chicken too. With it, you'll make a night you won't remember -- it'll be the dish you can't forget. Dale. Facebook page
Restaurant PM - Pret à Manger1809 Rue St. Catherine OuestResto PM makes delicious and crispy General Tso's chicken, as well as good hot & sour soup, and eggplant. Jellyfish and pineapple chicken are two other memorable dishes from PM. Facebook page
Tchang Kiang by Yangtze Restaurant6066 Sherbrooke St. WestTchang kiang has re-opened and partnered with the Yangtze that was on Van Horne and we're excited. Tchang Kiang makes delicious crispy, spice-y, and not-too-sweet General Tso chicken. At Tchang they also do justice to favorites like hot & sour soup, eggrolls, spring rolls, and shredded beef and carrots. Facebook page
La Maison VIP1077 rue ClarkLa Maison VIP serves up delicious General Tso's chicken and tofu. La Maison also does the N. American Chinese favorites like chicken fried rice, pork fried rice, egg rolls, spring rolls, shrimp lo mein, boneless spare ribs, wonton soup, beef/chicken/shrimp satay, and the price is right!
Papillion Bleu200 rue St. JacquesPapillion Bleu's "General Joe's chicken" is a tasty rendition of General Tao's chicken. All white meat, no gamey pieces, and the sauce is on point! Very good potions in delivery and available lightning fast for pick up. Facebook page
Nouille Express1510 Boul De Maisonneuve OuestNouille Express is home to great N. American Chinese and vietnamese dishes at exceptional prices. This places has all the dishes you'd expect of a quick Chinese spot: dim sum, chicken/pork/beef rice/noodles, etc., plus sensational General Tao's tofu! Facebook page
Sésame380 rue St. Jacques OuestSésame is a revelation in the world of Tao, as they prepare their Tao three ways: as an appetizer, as a poutine (year round), and as a main wok course served w/ sautéed vegetables and jasmine rice. Tofu tao also available. For some good upscale ($$) Tao, head to Sésame. Facebook page
La Maison Egg Roll3741 Rue WellingtonThis Verdun favorite serves up messy, greasy, General Tao, w/ fried rice for $6.75. Topped with an egg roll. Can't explain that. Facebook page
Restaurant Y Lan6425 rue St. DenisRestaurant Y Lan is a Vietnamese restaurant that houses great traditional Vietnamese dishes as well as fabulous General Tao's. The banh xeo (vietnamese crepe), cha ca (fried fish on dill), nem nuong (pork meatballs), pho, hue-style noodle soup, and banh tom chien (shrimp on fried sweet potatoes), are all good traditional dishes here. General Tao's is about as far from "traditional" as it gets, but they're still great, served crispy with a complex sweet and sour sauce. Facebook page
Resto Lychee187 Mont-Royal Ave.Resto Lychee is a great Plateau Thai BYO spot. Their curries are phenomenal, rich, spicy, and sweet. Lychee also makes tasty General Tao's. Facebook page
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