Is Mongolian Beef actually Mongolian?
Since we're asking, you might guess that no, it's not Mongolian, and you'd be right!
In Taiwan in the 1950s, a dish called Mongolian BBQ became hugely popular. It drew on the stereotypes of the time that Mongolian cuisine was lavish, foreign, and packed with meat. It's become common to call this style of meaty stir-fries "Mongolian", and by now, Mongolian Beef has become a famous dish in America, too.
You're not likely to find this kind of "Mongolian Beef" in either Mongolia or China, but you will see a very similar dish, 葱爆牛肉 (cung1 baau3 ngau4 juk6), beef stir-fry with green onions, in China. What makes both of these dishes amazing is the very quick, very hot cooking process, and the delicious marinades and sauces that flavor them.
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