The Food Flim Flam!
Don’t get your chopsticks revved up just yet, because I have just learned that this famous Chinese dish is … you guessed it not Chinese! Who would have “thunk” it? Here is what I have found on Mongolian Beef.
From where did Mongolian Beef start its trip to your local Chinese food restaurant? Well I have come to find out that the name of the dish is misleading because it's not a Chinese dish or a traditional Mongolian dish. The dish is named “Mongolian Beef” after the cooking style, rather than its origin. Mongolian Beef is actually a stir fry dish that originated in Taiwan.
That’s correct Shutter bugs and chicken finger lovers … Not Chinese, Not Mongolian, but Taiwanese. Can someone out there give me a “Good Grief”? (Thank you Cam for thinking it in your head).
However the Chinese did it best, because my “Maah” said so and I have learned whatever Mom says is legal and binding. I am not contradicting her ever again, she will ground me and I’m in my 50’s. How do I explain that to work? Um Sorry I can’t come in today I am grounded for talking back to my Maah!
So another of the Great Imposters, so far in the course of this Food and Photography project I have Chinese pie that is Canadian, British and American, Boston Baked Beans that is more Native American and Scandinavian than United States or America, Lasagna that is actually Greek and now Mongolian Beef that is not only NOT Chinese, but Not Mongolian, its Taiwanese! Someone please tell me the Easter bunny is real!!!!
1&1/2 pounds of Flank steak
1/4 cup corn starch
1 TBS toasted Sesame oil
1 TSP Minced Garlic
1 TSP minced Ginger
1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy sauce
1/3 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup green onions
Lunch Break . . . We will return to cooking with Fitz after this brief photo of French Fries, that are also not Chinese either.
The tale of the tape:
Was the dish easy to make? Yes it was fairly simple hardest part was picking out the meat.
How did it taste? It tasted like Chinese food not Taiwanese food. We will go with good.
Did I make another mess and did I do the cleaning? Yes I made a Great Wall of China size mess, and I am sad to say yes I did the clean-up, but just so I could be as fake as the names of these dishes, this fat American did it wearing my Japanese Kimono and my Chinese beanie.
As Confucius says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
And as I like to say.
“May the winds from an outhouse never meet your face”