Who knows what caused the fierce animosity between the main ingredients -- shrimp and chicken -- in this dish? Perhaps it started off with simple name calling: "You're a shrimp!" would certainly have been countered by, "Oh yeah? Well you're chicken!" It's a short step from there to centuries-long enmity.
Still, there are signs of detente: some recipes are now referring to the dish as Dragon and Phoenix, as in this soup version.
But whatever the outcome, this delicious combination of crisp vegetables and fierce foes will always be a safe bet.