There are three very similar dishes I see on Chinese restaurant menus:
- Orange Chicken
- Sesame Chicken
- General Tso's Chicken
I know Orange Chicken is at least a little bit different (it's typically spicier, I can see the orange rind pieces, I can taste a difference), but with General Tso's and Sesame, it's not so clear.
Anecdotally, a while back I ordered Sesame Chicken from my local place, and when I got there they were still making it. She asked me "General Tso's?" and I said, "No, sesame" and she proceeded to just sprinkle some sesame seeds on it.
More recently, I ordered Sesame Chicken, but upon opening it at home, it had no seeds, and I assume I got General Tso's instead. I kind of feel like it had a slightly different color and flavor, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
So I guess I'm asking a few things:
- Is there supposed to be a difference between General Tso's and Sesame besides just adding sesame seeds on top?
- If yes, what is the difference?
- If yes, is it standard procedure to just use General Tso's and add Sesame seeds for simplicity/laziness/cost reasons?