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Old 09-27-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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What is Chop Suey?

I would like to know what different regions think of when they see Chop Suey? I think of either a solid donut style dough, with nuts and chopped fruit, deep fried or a chow mien dish, like what comes out of a Chung King can.

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Old 09-27-2008, 12:20 PM   #2
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I would like to know what different regions think of when they see Chop Suey? I think of either a solid donut style dough, with nuts and chopped fruit, deep fried or a chow mien dish, like what comes out of a Chung King can.
In the midwest and in the west chop suey is like what comes out of a the Chung King can. I never heard of CS being dough. Anyone else know of this?
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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In the midwest and in the west chop suey is like what comes out of a the Chung King can. I never heard of CS being dough. Anyone else know of this?
Same here, DQ. My mother used to make the Slovenian version of chop suey when I was little. I liked the Chung King better.
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:48 PM   #4
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Chop Suey is basically leftovers and so can be many things. It means something along the lines of bits of this and that. So most anything can and does end up in Chop Suey.

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Old 09-27-2008, 02:08 PM   #5
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Any one have a good recipe? Mom used to make it and I remember liking it..but, I want something that has more flavor than hers did. THnaks!!!
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:27 PM   #6
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My mom's chop suey (which I finally learned to make just like hers a few years ago, yay!) is browned stew beef, add water and cook until tender, add chopped celery, chopped onions, mushrooms (whole if small--canned works too), molasses, soy sauce, and corn starch (to thicken), then served over rice. It is one of my favorite foods in the world, and now I am so in the mood for it that I'm going to have to make it again soon!

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Old 09-27-2008, 02:27 PM   #7
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For all intents and purposes, chop suey is basically a stir fry. It can consist of any base protein, and a varying amount of vegetables. The dish is then served with rice or with noodles (i.e. chow mein). The term itself does not exist in China. It was most likely coined by either Chinese immigrants or by Americans when the Chinese were coming to the US during the 1800's, probably due to the language barrier.
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:32 PM   #8
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Vegetable Chop Suey

Vegetable Chop Suey

For the Sauce:
2 Tb Oyster Sauce
1 Tb Soy Sauce
½Tb Dry Sherry
½ tsp Sugar
2 tsp Cornstarch
¼ C Chicken or Vegetable Stock

For the Dish:
¼ C Peanut Oil, divided
2 cl Garlic
1 Ea Onion, chopped
1 Ea Green Bell Pepper, chopped
8 Oz Mushrooms, sliced
5 Oz Water Chestnuts, canned
2 Oz Snow Pea Pods
1 Ea Carrot, sliced
7 Oz Broccoli Florets
4 Oz Bean Sprouts

Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.

Stir-fry the vegetables (except for the sprouts) in small batches. If you do one type of vegetable at a time, they will be more evenly cooked than if you stir fry batches of mixed vegetables.

When all the vegetables are stir fried, add them all back into the wok and make a well in the bottom of the wok.

Add the sauce and stir over high heat until it boils.

Add the sprouts, toss and serve.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:40 PM   #9
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When I was growing up, my mom used to make pork chop suey with leftover pork roast. Great memories
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Old 09-28-2008, 06:45 AM   #10
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Chopsuey refers to stir-fried vegetables with some meat or seafood mixed in.

It's also a colorful and derogatory colloquial term for a careless mishmash or hodgepodge of stuff. :-)
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