Monthly Archives: April 2013

Have you seen the General?

The WD team recently spent a whirlwind week in China on film shoots for THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO. Armed with photos of the General and an infamous chicken dish, director Ian and associate producer Lily touched down in Shanghai to find the trail.

In Shanghai, a city with floating trains(!), we met food bloggers, study-abroad students, cultural historians, and a branding expert. We took their pulse on the Shanghai food scene, the history of Chinese cuisine, and the differences between Chinese American food and authentic Chinese food. To find the General, they said, head south.

We flew to General Tso’s hometown, Xiangyin, in the Hunan Province, where we interviewed all kinds of folks and captured the local sites and lore. Our journey ended in a village on the outskirts of Xiangyin where nearly everyone claims to be descended from the famed General.

Ian in Museum

The older man below in the hat had the greatest eyebrows we’d ever seen.

Lily with Villagers

We were distracted briefly from General Tso’s Chicken by “Ecological Pigs Feet King”…

Ecological Pigs Feet

…and we ate tons of tasty Fish Head Stew.

Fish Head Stew

Stateside once again, the search continues!

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Slo-mo Tso

The WD crew recently had a fun and unusual shoot for THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO with Chef King Phojanakong at his terrific Asian fusion restaurant in Clinton Hill, Umi Nom. King let us take over the kitchen to shoot slow-motion footage of leaping wok flames and sizzling hot oil and flying chicken chunks and gooey red sauce as he made General Tso’s Chicken from start to finish.

Director Ian with cameraman Jack Shanahan as Chef King chops vegetables and cracks eggs for our pretty hilarious slo-mo shoot.

Director Ian with cameraman Jack Shanahan as Chef King chops vegetables and cracks eggs for our pretty hilarious slo-mo shoot.

Wok action

Wok action

The finished dish. Thank you, King and Umi Nom!

The finished dish. Thank you, King and Umi Nom!

Stay tuned for highlights from WD’s recent shooting trip to China. The search continues…

 

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