Sunday, October 14, 2012

Chinese Food: General Tso's Chicken Combo Special

I really like Chinese food: it is cheap, tasty and pretty much readily available in NYC. One of the menu sections on the Chinese joint's menu is the "Combo Specials". With these items you save anywhere from$3.00 to $4.00 than if you would purchase the combined food items separately. Yesterday for lunch I was doing some shopping errands and was passing by the local Chinese [hole-in-the-wall joint] and decided to get something for under $10.00, so I placed an order for the General Tso's Chicken Combo Special for $7.25 ($7.90 with tax); this combo includes an Egg Roll, half of a plate-container with Pork Fried Rice, and other half of plate-container of General Tso's Chicken. If you order the items separately, then the price without tax comes to $10.25 without tax, given than the Pork Fried Rice and General Tso's Chicken are small size. Sure, the portions of rice and chicken will be a bit smaller in the combo than if purchases separately, but the savings of $3.00 are pretty something: around 30%. After I placed my order, I went to several others stores in the vicinity, and when I came back to Chinese joint, they were finishing up my order and I was able to observe the finishing touches on General Tso's Chicken: the wok guy took the chicken pieces from the deep fryer basket and tossed them into the wok for 8 seconds to bake-in the General's sauce glaze. This is why it is not possible to cook the food at home so well like they do at the Chinese joints: the household range just can't produce the high-temperature heat like they do at the Chinese joints with the jet burners.

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