Many origins have been given for this dish.
Some say that an angered Chinese cook mixed the days rubbish in broth and presented it to San Francisco patrons who’d earned his ire only to find them coming back for it again and again.Some speak of a resourceful cook who whipped up a dish of leftover vegetables and meat to placate some drunken miners.
Another theory says that some Chinese cooks created this to feed railroad workers on the Pacific Railroad. Another of some Chinese ambassador who didn’t find the American cuisine up to his tastes. Another theory says……you get the idea. Notice how they all involve leftovers?
Whatever the origin, this dish has become a prominent part of American Chinese cuisine, Filipino cuisine, Canadian Chinese cuisine, German Chinese cuisine, Indian Chinese cuisine, and Polynesian cuisine.