…is probably Zuo Zongtang.

In just 30 years, he rose from total nothingness to conquer every American Chinese restaurant in the nation, as well as the hearts and minds of the American Chinese-restaurant-goin’ public. The first time I ever remember seeing or hearing of it was in 1990, Chicagoland (before that we lived in NJ, and never saw it on menus). 20 years later and I’ve not found a single restaurant in this nation that *hasn’t* sold it.

For edification: Jo Koy on Orange Chicken.