General Tso’s chicken is thought to be named after an actual Hunanese general. The dish was invented in Taiwan by a Hunanese chef, Peng Chang-kuei. After serving as a chef for the Chinese National Government, Peng Chang-kuei escaped to Taiwan after the revolution of 1949, where he continued his culinary escapades. In 1973, he moved to New York City and opened his first restaurant with his signature dish. (Shutterstock)
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and a great time to celebrate the diverse cultures of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, including citizens from the Hawaiian islands to French Polynesia. It also commemorates the first Japanese immigrant to settle in the U.S. in May 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in May 1869, a six-year project in which Chinese immigrants were crucial to its construction.
It’s also a great time to explore those experiences through food.
Binchmark, Binchmark Stream and the Asian American Alliance based in Virginia Beach have created a list of Hampton Roads restaurants celebrating the month. Dine out through May 31. Details: tinyurl.com/HRAsianfood.
At Mikado Japanese & Thai Restaurant in Chesapeake. (Patrick Evans-Hylton/Freelance / The Virginian-Pilot)
Mikado Japanese & Thai Restaurant, 1249 Cedar Road, Suite 103; mikadova.com
Judy’s Sichuan Cuisine,1434 Sam’s Drive, Unit 112; judyssichuancuisine.com
The Noodle Man, 1508 Sam’s Circle, Suite 100; noodlemanche.com
Sawasdee Thai Cuisine,1937 S. Military Highway; sawasdeethaifoods.com
Sunrise Breakfast Shoppe, 22 N. Battlefield Blvd.; facebook.com/sunrisebreakfastshoppe
Jasmine Thai Cuisine,1200 N. Battlefield Blvd.; jasminethainow.com
Musasi Japanese Restaurant, 49 W. Queens Way; musasihampton.com
Pho 79, 2040 Coliseum Drive; pho79-va.com
Yamachen Sushi, 2040 Coliseum Drive, Unit A25; yamachen.com
Pad Thai. (Bill Tiernan)
Tida Thai Cuisine, 212 Arthur Way; tidathai.com
Saisaki Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, 101 Regal Way; saisakibistro.com
Port Arthur Chinese Restaurant,11137 Warwick Blvd.; portarthurva.com
Volcano Sushi & Asian Bistro, 339 W. 21st St.; volcanosushinorfolkva.com
Alkaline, 742 W. 21st St. Suite F/G;.alkalineramen.com
Bangkok Thai Cuisine, 7479 Tidewater Drive; bangkokthaicuisine-va.com
Maymar Poke & Grill, 130 Maple Ave., Suite A; maymarpoke.com
Rajput Indian Cuisine, 742 W. 21st St.; rajputonline.com
Bangkok Garden Noodle House, 301 High St.; bkknoodlehouse.com
Thai Basil, 606 High St.; thaibasilva.com
Ono Hawaii BBQ, 6071 High St. West; onohawaiibarbecue.com
Iron Chef Japanese Restaurant, 1024 Centerbrooke Lane, Suite B; ironchefsuffolkva.com
Pho 79, 6255 College Drive, Suite R2; tinyurl.com/pho79suffolk
Tokyo Grill, 1409 N. Main St.; tokyogrillsuffolkva.com
Sakana Sushi, 13609 Carrollton Blvd., Suite 2; sakanasushihamptonroads.com
Only at Renee’s in Red Mill serves a whole pompano stuffed with onions and tomatoes grilled in banana leaves with a charred eggplant. (Judy Cowling)
Susan’s Kitchenette Filipino, 1270 Diamond Springs Road; susanskitchenette.com
Penang Town Malaysian Cuisine, 649 Newtown Road, Suite 109; penangtownmalaysian.com
Grammy Karaoke and Korean BBQ, 904 S. Lynnhaven Road; grammykaraoke.com
Guangdong Taste, 3497 Holland Road; tinyurl.com/guangdongtaste
Weng’s Kitchen, food truck, facebook.com/wengskitchenllc
King Hua Chinese Restaurant,752 N. Independence Blvd.; kinghuava.com
Jade Villa Chinese Restaurant, 353 N. Independence Blvd.; tinyurl.com/jadevilla
Saigon 1 Vietnamese Cuisine, 448 Newtown Road; www.saigon1va.com
China Town Chinese Restaurant, 4848 Virginia Beach Blvd.; vachinatown.net
Only at Renee’s, 2181 Upton Drive, Suite 410, Virginia Beach; onlyatrenees.com
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, 4322 George Washington Memorial Highway; hongkongyorktown.com
Rekaya Gibson, 757-295-8809, rekaya.gibson@virginiamedia.com. Follow @gibsonrekaya on Twitter.
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