American chop suey | How to make American chop suey

Gems Gems, May 28, 2014

One of my favorite choice whenever I visits a Chinese restaurent is the American chop suey. I like the crispness of the noodles, the tanginess of the sauce blended with egg is a delight for the taste buds.

Chop suey literally means assorted pieces and is an American version / western version of Chinese food mainly consists of chicken, beef, pork or any other meat with stir fried vegetables bound in a starchy sauce with fried noodles.

Chop suey is not a pure Chinese dish. It is an American version of Chinese dish. It is believed to be derived from a Chinese dish tsap seui  which is from Taishan a part of Guangdong province where the early Chinese US immigrants are from.
It is believed to be created at the time of Qing Dynasty premier Li Hongzhang, during his visit to US in 1897 by his renowned chef to serve both Chinese and Americans alike.
Another story is that in 1860 an hotelier was forced to serve by the drunken miners. To avoid beating  he prepared a dish with the leftovers and instantly become a hit among Americans.

Even the  name American chop suey is for the below recipe which is served across India in any of the Chinese restaurants, in reality, in America,  American Chop Suey is a dish made of pasta. It is made of elbow macroni prepared in tomato sauce with cooked ground beef, onions and peppers. The below recipe in America is known as simply “CHOP SUEY”

American chop suey

American chop suey

American chop suey
Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 Servings
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serving Size: 4 servings
  • 300 Gms noodles
  • Oil as per requirement
  • 1 inch Chopped ginger
  • 3 to 4 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Medium onion sliced
  • 2 cups of thin strips of boneless chicken
  • 2 tablespoons of corn flour
  • Salt to taste
  • A Quarter of small cabbage shredded
  • 4 - 5 french beans cut into thin strips
  • carrot shredded one medium
  • 6 - 7 leaves of spinach
  • quarter teaspoon of MSG for a better taste (which is optional as it is not healthy)
  • Half teaspoon of white pepper powder
  • one teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup Bean sprouts
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • hundred grams tofu cut into thin strips( optional)
  • 4 eggs
Prepare Noodles
  1. Boil the noodles in a pan of hot water with little salt as well as one teaspoon of oil added into it
  2. Once cooked properly Drain it properly and divide the noodles in to 4 portions and fry it in oil till it is crisp and light brown and keep the four portions seperately.
  3. Keep aside in a strainer vessel so that any excess oil is drained out.
Prepare Sauce
  1. In a wok add 2 teaspoons of oil and saute the ginger ,garlic and onion till it is translucent
  2. Add the shredded chicken into the wok and cook in high flame till the moisture of the chicken is properly evaporated.
  3. Add the vegetables like carrot, spinach, beans, cabbage and stir fry in high flame for minute or two until the vegetables are just cooked but ensure that it retains its crispness.
  4. Next step is to add salt sugar pepper powder MSG Tomato sauce and vinegar. Mixit properly in the Wok and cook for half a minute or even less.
  5. Add chicken stock and boil it in a low flame. Once boiled properly add corn starch and blend it properly without lumps. Cook till it reaches the consistency of the sauce.
  6. Finally add Tofu and Bean sprouts into it and mix properly. now the sauce is ready
Prepare egg
  1. With the oil remaining make fried eggs in a pan
And finally Serve it hot !!!
  1. In a plate take one portion of the previously divided noodles and add a portion of source Garnish it was with one of the fried eggs on the top.
  2. Make 4 servings of American chop suey with each portion of divided noodles, sauce and fried eggs on top of it.
  3. American choupsey is ready and it is best if served hot
Noodles can be brought from the local provision stores
Before frying the noodles, pat dry it with a clean dry cloth so that the water is completely removed
Nutrition Information
Calories: 3000 Fat: 134.5 Carbohydrates: 280 Protein: 200
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