Chop suey is a delicious and healthy dish that can make at home easily. This is a colorful American dish. It is a dish of a stir-fry of vegetables, meat, and seafood that comes with a thick sauce.
It is served for lunch and dinner with fried rice along with grilled meat and fried fish. This is a special and nutritional recipe. Because it includes every ingredient.
History of Chop suey
Chop suey is not the only Chinese-American dish that bears little resemblance to Chinese cooking. It is, however, exceptional in terms of its popularity and the extent to which it was known in the late 1800s, decades after the first wave of Chinese immigration to America during and around the Gold Rush period.
According to some historians, this cuisine was initially a noodle-based dish similar to Chow Mein.
To make chop suey, you can use many varieties of vegetables, meat, seafood, and other additions as you like.
Chop Suey vs Chow Mein
Both chop suey and chow mein are Chinese stir fry dishes. But they are different in ingredients, preparation, and origin. Chow mein includes adding cooked noodles to the cooking sauces, vegetables, and meat. Chop suey is the mixture of cooked vegetables and meat along with the sauces is served over already cooked rice or fried noodles.
Ingredients of Chop Suey
- You can use leftover vegetables from your fridge that need to be cooked soon, or you can gather fresh vegetables from your own garden to prepare the chop suey. The vegetables like cabbage, carrots, onions, celery, bell pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, young corn, mushrooms, beans, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts are used for this recipe.
- Many variants of meat are used to prepare the chop suey. Pork, chicken, beef are the most common and favorable ones. The Philippines are used pork or chicken liver, chicken heart, and gizzard for the chop suey.
- There are several varieties of seafood like shrimps, prawns, scallops, squid, and mussels are added for the chop suey.
- Other additions
- Hard-boiled quail eggs and fried firm tofu are also popular additions for chop suey.
When cook vegetables, do not overcook them. Use vibrant and tender-crisp vegetables to prepare this recipe. Make sure to not use the soggy and gray vegetables. Vegetables should be parboiled and then blanch them. This helps to preserve the vibrancy, flavor, and nutrients of the vegetables. When you choose a wok or skillet, should be considered about the size of the wok. It is big enough to accommodate all the ingredients.
When preparing chop suey make sure not to use canned quail eggs. Boiled fresh quail eggs are most peferable and they taste good and more natural. Baby corn or young corn are added to make the dish look and taste better. Red and green bell peppers are added to make the dish vibrant and enticing.
Let’s Try to Make Chop Suey
- 150 grams Chicken
- 150 grams Shrimp
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- 2 tbsp Corn starch
- 150 grams Cauliflower florets
- 1 Carrot
- 150 grams Broccoli florets
- 8 Baby corn
- 1 Red Bell pepper
- 1 Green bell pepper
- 1 Onion
- 4 Mushrooms
- 10 pieces Cabbage
- 12 pieces Quail Eggs
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp Cooking oil
- Take a pot and add quail eggs and water to boil.
- After boiling them, let them to cool and then peel.
- Take bell peppers and remove the seeds.
- Then, cut into small pieces.
- Cut the carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbagr into medium pieces.
- Cornstarch is diluted in 1 cup of water and set aside.
- Take a wok or big skillet.
- Add oil and heat.
- Fry the shrimps for few minutes. Then set aside them.
- Then, add chicken to it and fry them until light brown color. Set aside
- Add onion and saute. After few minutes, add garlic to it and again saute until soften.
- Next, add cauliflower, broccoli florets, carrots, bell peppers, baby corn, mushroom and stir them.
- Pour water and let it boil.
- Then, cover and cook in medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Then, add cabbage and cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Then, add soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir.
- Fried shrimp into the pot and add black pepper and salt. Mix well.
- Then, pour the corn mixture into the chop suey.
- Then, add the boiled quail eggs.
- Transfer to a serving plate.