Despite its name, Mongolian beef did not originate in Mongolia. It is a Chinese-American dish adapted from the beef component of Mongolian barbecue. Curiously enough, Mongolian barbecue is not Mongolian nor is barbecuing involved in its cooking.
Salisbury Steak was named for James Henry Salisbury, a late 19th-century English physician who prescribed “the meat cure.” Salisbury said that eating beef three times a day could treat a variety of diseases and maintain health. He insisted that the beef come from disease-free animals and be made into chopped patties seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, horseradish or lemon juice. Years later, Salisbury Steak was the name given to an oval-shape ground beef patty, served with gravy and sprinkled with parsley. The Salisbury steak is often cited as an early example of what was soon to become “the hamburger.”