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Purported inventor of General Tso's Chicken dies at 98

Posted at 1:47 PM, Dec 02, 2016

You may not have known his name, but you definitely know his chicken.

Peng Chang-kuei, a 98-year-old Chinese chef credited with creating General Tso's Chicken, died this week of pneumonia, according to Taiwan News.

Peng had reportedly lived in Taiwan since 1949 after he fled China. According to Taiwan News, he invented General Tso's Chicken in 1952, first serving it to U.S. Navy Admiral Arthur Radford during his visit to Taiwan. He apparently created the dish when he ran out of new recipes after feeding Radford  and several guests for three days.

Other chefs have tried to take credit for General Tso's Chicken since it became popular. The dish's murky origins and its rise to ubiquity in American Chinese restaurants were chronicled in the 2015 documentary "The Search for General Tso."

Peng created a chain of restaurants called Peng's Garden Hunan Restaurant, according to Taiwan News. He passed away on Nov. 30 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Clint Davis covers entertainment and trending news topics for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.