Moo-goo-gai-pan definition

mo͝o go͝o gī păn
A Cantonese dish of chicken, mushrooms, vegetables, and spices sautéed together.
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A Chinese dish consisting of slices of chicken sautéed with black mushrooms and assorted vegetables.
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An Americanized version of the Cantonese dish, usually a simple stir-fried dish consisting of sliced or cubed chicken with white button mushrooms and other vegetables such as snow peas, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and Chinese cabbage.
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Origin of moo-goo-gai-pan

  • Cantonese mo4 gu1 gai1 pin3 akin to Chinese (Mandarin) mógu jī piàn mógu mushroom chicken (from Middle Chinese kjiaj) piàn slice (from Middle Chinese phjian`)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Cantonese names of the ingredients: 蘑菇 (mo4 gu1, “button mushrooms"); (gai1, “chicken"); (pin3, “slice")

    From Wiktionary