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moo goo gai pan

[ moo goo gahy pan ]

noun

, Cantonese Cooking.
  1. a dish of sliced chicken stir-fried with button mushrooms and, often, assorted vegetables.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of moo goo gai pan1

From dialectal Chinese; compare Chinese mógu Mongolian-type mushroom (probably from Mongolian; compare Dagur (Mongolian language of northwestern Manchuria) muugee “mushroom”), “chicken” ( Guangdong dialect gāi ), piān “slice(s)”

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