kung pao

adjective
\ ˈkəŋ-ˈpau̇ How to pronounce kung pao (audio) , ˈküŋ-, ˈku̇ŋ- \

Definition of kung pao

: being stir-fried or sometimes deep-fried and served in a spicy hot sauce usually with peanuts kung pao chicken

Examples of kung pao in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant offers entrees like kung pao, sweet and sour and teriyaki chicken in addition to a variety of stir fry, curry and soup offerings. Garrett Moore, Arkansas Online, 7 Jan. 2022 Inside, a towering trompo of pork revolves next to ingredients for popular Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes like kung pao pork, pad thai and chicken teriyaki. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Everybody loves kung pao dishes from their local takeout. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2021 The restaurant served scallion pancakes, sweet and sour pork ribs and kung pao chicken out of a restored 1920s era home. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Menu items include lettuce wraps, kung pao Brussels sprouts, Mongolian beef, sweet and sour chicken, lo mein and the like. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 28 June 2021 There are also Chinese classics, like kung pao chicken (sadly devoid of peanuts) and beef with broccoli, but Japanese is the strength. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2021 The victims were relatively defenseless people minding their own business, rather than ninja warriors, kung-fu masters, delivery boys with really spicy kung pao chicken, nuclear scientists, or whatever stereotype one may have about Asian Americans. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 Both eventually trickled out into the wider American subconscious and took root, with Thai risottos, farm-to-table kung pao chicken and restaurants like Lou’s Takeaway as its fruit. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of kung pao

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kung pao

borrowed from Chinese (Beijing) gōng bǎo "palace guardian" in the name of such dishes (as gōng bǎo jī dīng "kung pao diced chicken")

Note: The dish allegedly received its name because it was frequently served to Dīng Bǎozhēn (1820-86), a Qing (Ching) dynasty offical who served as the governor of Sichuan province (1876-86); his unofficial title was gōng bǎo.

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9 Jan 2022

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“Kung pao.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kung%20pao. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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