Ginger beef

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Ginger beef
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Canadian-style Ginger Beef
Course Main dishes
Place of origin Guangdong, Hong Kong, Calgary
Main ingredients Beef, ginger
Cookbook: Ginger beef  Media: Ginger beef

Ginger beef (Geung Ngao Yuk, 薑牛肉) usually refers to a westernized version of a Chinese dish made from beef and ginger.

The ingredients of ginger beef can depend on where it is featured, but the western Canadian version generally consists of deep fried strips of beef coated in a dark sweet sauce that is reminiscent of other Asian sauces based on vinegar and sugar. It also contains flavors of ginger, garlic and hot peppers, and is commonly served with a small amount of julienned carrots and onions in the sauce.[1]

As with many dishes, the invention of ginger beef is claimed by several restaurants and chefs. However, the most widely accepted origin attributes the dish's development during the mid-1970s by chef George Wong at the Silver Inn in Calgary, Alberta.[2][3][4][5] This dish is now a very important part of culture in Calgary and this part of Canada.[4][5][6] There was a radio segment featuring this dish that was aired on CBC Radio One programme The Main Ingredient.[7]