One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Chinese cuisine: a dish consisting of a mixture of vegetables, such as water chestnuts, broccoli, mushrooms, bean sprouts, etc., and sometimes also including meat or sea food.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Chicago Tribune. From Chinese (Cantonese) sap gám dish made of many different ingredients, more generally ‘elaborate mixture’, originally an embroidery term from sap miscellaneous (Mandarin shí) + gám brocade (Mandarin jǐn).
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