Despite its name, where was Mongolian barbecue invented?
Despite its name, the dish is not Mongolian and is only loosely related to barbecue. Mongolian barbecue was created by Taiwanese comedian and restaurateur Wu Zhaonan. A native of Beijing, Wu fled to Taiwan after the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War and opened a street food stall in Yingqiao, Taipei, in 1951. While he initially wished to name the dish “Beijing barbecue,” due to the political sensitivity associated with the city, which had been recently designated as the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the name “Mongolian barbecue” was chosen despite the lack of connection to Mongolia.
The correct answer is Taiwan.