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Old 07-14-2010, 12:45 PM   #31
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Since I'm originally from Long Island, where exactly do you enjoy it where "Chop Suey" is so enticing?

Because while I obviously never hit every Chinese eatery there, I never found one that made a "Chop Suey" any way but bland. Frankly, "Chop Suey" was never meant to be & isn't a "spicy" dish by nature, no matter who is making it. Bland - or "mild", if you prefer - dishes are just as much a part of the Chinese plate as the spicy stuff. If you enjoy them - that's what's important.

Take "Shrimp with Lobster Sauce" - something I enjoy making myself as well as enjoy in a restaurant. Definitely not spicy at all, but still delicious.
Well, I don't know why people feel the need to become a bit rude to complete strangers when discussing this topic. I do think "bland" is a matter of opinion and btw, I live in Suffolk County. And I never said "enticing".

So to clear up matters, the foods I consider bland would be white rice, cream of wheat, plain pasta, saltines...Do I consider a white sauce with garlic and vegetables bland? No. Do I think Chow Mein/Chop Suey is not worth eating because it is a dish that is not authentic Chinese cuisine? No. Do I think it is authentic Chinese food? No. The discussion is about Chop Suey for pete's sake, not dim sum delicacies.

Everyone has their opinion and tastebuds, people should respect that.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:49 PM   #32
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Everyone has their opinion and tastebuds, people should respect that.
Well said librarygrrl. The good news is that 99.99% of the people here agree with you
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:37 PM   #33
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At my local places, Chop Suey is a mixture of onion, cabbage, bean sprouts, and carrots served in a corn-starch thickened chicken broth that is heavily flavored with garlic. It is sold in the common meat varients as well, and comes with a pint of steamed rice. Chow Mien costs a little more and includes fried noodles.

I find that when salted properly, it is a very satisfying dish - flavorful and not in the least bit bland. Many local places serve fried wonton strips instead of the fried noodle cake.

As for the origin - I've heard many of the same origins told here. One of note was a History channel documentary on the first American Railways. I remember a part that described Chinese immigrants from San Francisco who cooked simple stir-fried/stewed vegetable dishes with whatever they could find. They were called Chop Suey.

Of course being a New Englander, Chop Suey is synonymous in my home with American Chop Suey - hamburger, onions, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:32 PM   #34
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Of course being a New Englander, Chop Suey is synonymous in my home with American Chop Suey - hamburger, onions, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni.
...and I have never understood what made that chop suey! Just one of several "Bostonisms" I encountered when I moved there that made no sense to me.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:34 PM   #35
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that proves how much you can learn here.

i'd never heard of american chop suey until i read about it here not too long ago. sounds good, in a homey, hearty kind of way.

and like i mentioned before, a good restaurant can do white sauces as tasty as any other; not bland.
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:11 PM   #36
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:49 PM   #37
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I've never had what some call chop suey, but what I have had has been tasty and leaves me waiting for a chnce to have it again. I don't find it bland. I find it soothing and a comfort dish that I would love to master. I know some don't like it but I feel as adults we have the right to eat tings we enjoy without being told we are wrong. If ya like it so be it. ENJOY
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:10 PM   #38
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...and I have never understood what made that chop suey! Just one of several "Bostonisms" I encountered when I moved there that made no sense to me.
The same dish we in Boston call American Chop Suey some parts of the South call "Goulash" and it has no relationship to actual goulash whatsoever. An all-American dish with regional names.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:22 PM   #39
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Of course being a New Englander, Chop Suey is synonymous in my home with American Chop Suey - hamburger, onions, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni.
That's Goulash to me.. hmm haven't made that in a long time.. think I know what dinner will be one nigh the weekend. Thanks for the memory prod!

Oh..btw.I'm origianlly from NY.. go figure.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:18 AM   #40
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In a pinch, when I don't have time to stew it, I make it in the pressure cooker. Cubed pork, cubed beef, huge amount of celery and mushrooms... Its quick and GOOOOOOD.
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