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Old 02-14-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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American Chop Suey?

It has troubled me for some time that American Chop Suey is what I think of as Goulash.

I made a dish with vegetables and noodles that I really love and wanted to name it American Chop Suey, but it seems that the Goulash version already has that name.

My recipe includes Rice-A-Roni, bean sprouts, Ramen noodles and marinated pork.

My question is: If I can't call it American chop suey, then what is it?

My second question is, if it's a kind of goulash, why is it called Chop Suey???

I'd really appreciate any thoughts.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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American chop suey = Beefaroni
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:44 PM   #3
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But why do they call it chop suey, Jenny? To me, that is goulash. That's where I'm so confused.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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ACS/goulash are names that were chosen to name a quick pasta dish with tomato sauce, ground beef and green peppers. It is neither chop suey or goulash.

Real chop suey is a stir fried veggie dish created by Chinese railroad workers here in the early years. Goulash is a Hungarian/Austrian stew with paprikas.

You'll have to steal another name for your dish. Call it New Orleans not so dirty rice.
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:26 PM   #5
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Here's an article that describs the origin of American Chop Suey: http://relish.com/articles/easy-family-dinners-1/

I never heard of it before I heard about it here several years ago.

"American Chop Suey" is redundant There is no Chinese dish called chop suey and there are various theories about its origin: http://www.snopes.com/food/origins/chopsuey.asp
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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I never heard of American Chop Suey until I grew up, it was always Goulash in our house too. Chop Suey was the stuff that came from LaChoy in two cans and the poor Hungarians were left out altogether.
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I call my made up dishes concoctions.
I don't see anything in your description that leans your meal towards the American version of goulash, also known as chop suey.
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I agree that my dish is not goulash. My dish has no tomatos or macaroni.

My dish is intended to be more like the traditional chop suey, vegetables, noodles and meat.
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GG, that Snopes article cracked me up. "Whatever is added, the underlying integrity of the dish is never compromised — chop suey must always be bland."
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American chop suey = Beefaroni
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