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 Stateside, chefs such as Danny Bowien turned diners on to kung pao pastrami. Oliver Staley, Quartzy, "The 2010s will be remembered as the decade of avocado toast and BTS," 29 Nov. 2019 For those reluctant to plunge headfirst into such delicacies, General Tso’s chicken and beef and broccoli are also available, as well as a wonderful kung pao chicken ($14.95) that would surely have made George Costanza sweat. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Review: This new Sichuan bistro in Towson serves tongue-numbing dishes and you’ll love every bite," 26 Nov. 2019 From that menu came good kung pao chicken with lots of peanuts, a smart stir-fry of tofu and vegetables and a savory plate of wide and sticky ho fan noodles loaded with beef. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine rises above San Antonio’s quiet Chinese restaurant scene," 7 Nov. 2019 It’s next door to the OC Promenade building, which houses culinary arts, and is partially obscured by the growing number of food stands selling hot dogs, chili cheese fries, kung pao chicken and deep-fried Snickers on a stick. Richard Chang, Daily Pilot, "Get yer fresh, hot art at the OC Fair," 18 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of kung pao was in 1976

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9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kung pao.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kung%20pao. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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