A secret recipe
You won't find this on most typical Chinese restaurant menus. Generally speaking, at most restaurants, chefs will happily make custom dishes for you if you ask them to, but these are well-kept secrets.
Unlike most of my dad's cooking, I had no idea his Ginger Fried Rice recipe existed until very recently.
The morning after my wife gave birth to our son Cameron, I called my parents to ask if they could make us food. We were still waiting to be discharged by the hospital, and we were craving something other than hospital food.
I returned to the hospital with a giant tupperware container of Ginger Fried Rice. Kat and I devoured all of it within 5 minutes.
Little did I know, my parents had purchased 5 pounds of ginger in excited anticipation for my wife's homecoming and their new grandson. They were ready to make us all kinds of Chinese ginger dishes and soups.
Basically every week since Cam was born, we've eaten Ginger Fried rice. It's that good.
Ginger, the superfood
In Chinese culture (and many other Asian cultures), it's traditional for the grandparents of newborns to make meals and soups for the mom that are rich in ginger. It's believed to help newborn moms speed up their recovery.