Mongolian beef, like the kind you can get at our Auburn teriyaki restaurant, is another classic staple of the American Chinese food restaurant. It generally consists of thin strips of steak grilled in a sweet and spicy sauce. You’re probably familiar enough with this dish, but what do you know of its origins?
Despite what it’s name might suggest, Mongolian beef does not trace its roots back to Mongolian cuisine. It’s largely the creation of the original Chinese immigrants who first aspired to prepare dishes that would appeal to their American customers. The name might have come about based on the fact that Mongolian food is traditionally more heavily based in meat than Chinese food, often using beef in ways that could be somewhat similar to the Mongolian beef dish we know and love.