kung pao

\ 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

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There are classics like speedy pot roast and shredded beef, as well as unexpected favorites like kung pao chicken and broccoli-cheddar soup. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "10 Most-Pinned Instant Pot Recipes on Pinterest," 8 Mar. 2018 The other is offering fragrant meat slices, spicy hot pot, kung pao chicken, and a tomato and egg dish, its menu lit up on a fluorescent LED board overhead. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018 BLD’s Cafe serves 10 Chinese and Thai specialty dishes, including lo mein, fried rice, kung pao chicken and pad thai. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Craving Asian food? At local casinos, you're in luck," 29 Apr. 2018 Almost all the restaurants in this guide bulk out their menus with random northern Chinese or Cantonese dishes, a few Sichuan hits and Chinese American standards like kung pao chicken or curry beef. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundtable: How do you order regional Chinese food off a confusing menu?," 9 Feb. 2018 Sichuan cooks seem to have a special understanding of potatoes, which may explain why the little marble-size ones here, cooked kung pao style with peanuts and dried chiles, are so unusually good. Pete Wells, New York Times, "A Chinatown Noodle Dynasty Returns in Style," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of kung pao

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kung pao

Chinese (Beijing) gōng bǎo, literally, palace guardian

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