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'The Search for General Tso' Premieres Friday at Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes 

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  • Don't you want to eat this? Yes, you want to eat this.

Have you ever pondered as you gnaw on a bite-sized ball of fried chicken drowned in hoisin sauce who this so-called General Tso was? Who was this genius who invented the perfect dish, and who was he commanding? An army of chefs armed with chickens, deep fryers and delicious seasonings? You can find out at the SA-premiere of a new film on Friday night. 

General Tso's chicken is ubiquitous on Chinese-American restaurant menus across the country, and Ian Cheney’s film, The Search for General Tso, journeys from Shanghai to New York to the Midwest to uncover the origins of the famous dish. Produced by Amanda Murray and Jennifer 8. Lee, the film is sure to provide valuable insight on the dish and its storied past. Lee, who wrote, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, is in a particularly unique position to provide such a history about this iconic, delicious and terribly unhealthy meal.

Sure, General Tso's has its issues, but don't we all? An average plate may contain 1,500 calories and 2,300 milligrams of sodium but it doesn’t matter. Don’t dissuade me with reason, because I will continue to dive headfirst into General Tso’s and will address dehydration at a later date.

Please Mr. Cheney, don’t tell me anything negative about my sweet, tender chicken balls served with orange slices. My little cousins who only eat peanut butter will actually order the dish at Ming Dynasty in Greenville, North Carolina. Don’t take it away from them. Don’t force them to eat peanut butter for eternity.

The critically acclaimed movie premieres in San Antonio Friday, January 9 and 9:10 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes. Additional screenings will be held on both Friday and Saturday. But before you book your tickets, just make sure you know where the nearest Chinese restaurant is so you can satiate the inevitable craving. 

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