My original plan was to start today’s post with a little history/etymology about moo shu but then quickly realized that I may be the only one wondering why it is called moo shu, so I will let you off the hook. Curious? Read here.
So instead I will share some of the stranger things I found while reading up on this traditional Chinese take-out dish. First, mooshu (one word) can also refer to “any of the couch dwelling computer gamers from Georgia.” Just plain weird. It can also refer to a popular comedy show in Boston and Philly called the “Moo Shu Jew” show where people watch Jewish stand up comedians and eat Chinese food. Sounds fun. And finally, it is sometimes short for a misguided indie movie about two Chinese travelers. May just have to rent it.
Food wise? Moo shu is a dish typically made with pork but also sometimes made with beef, shrimp, tofu, or chicken. There are lots of variations and debate about how it is made. The version I am sharing uses Hoisin, a Chinese barbecue sauce, paired with some ginger, garlic, and Asian chilie paste and quickly stir-fried with beef and cabbage. Dinner in under 15 minutes.
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