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American Chop Suey

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American Chop SueyAre you familiar with American Chop Suey? I know we get it in a Chinese restaurant.. How come it has American at the beginning?


Well curious me decided to explore. I got my answer on several sites On of them www.snopes.com reported that Chop suey, a favorite Chinese dish, is actually American. Well it was not a myth. So that explains the American word in the dish. But why did  the Americans have to do it ?I know they have been saving the world from evil for ever ( no pun intented) but food... What could be evil about that? According to snopes "Chop suey is purely American,and most likely dates from the 1860s."


Wikipedia sates something like this There are various colorful stories about the origin of Chop Suey. It is alleged to have been invented by Chinese immigrant cooks working on the United States Transcontinental railway in the 19th century and has also been cited in New York City's Chinatown restaurants since the 1880s. Other sources say that a Chinese dignitary's cook, visiting the United States invented it.


www.foodreference.com stated that  Legend has it that, while he was visiting New York City, Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang's cooks invented the dish for his American guests at a dinner on August 29, 1896.


All these were matched by the snopes version..meaning they were all saying the same thing. Infact they wrote "According to a favored bit of lore, chop suey is a mispronounciation of "chopped sewage," an angered Chinese cook having mixed together the day's garbage in a bit of broth and presented it to San Francisco restaurant patrons who'd earned his ire. Not knowing any better, those being insulted loved the dish, and much to the amused bewilderment of their tormentors, returned time and again to order it."
I could not believe the bland chop suey had such a past. Personally,  I don't like the dish. I have tried the all vegetable version and honeslty I could not think of a  reason why somebody would do something like that  to vegetables..


No, I am not   asking you  to stop eating it. Enjoy Chop Suey or should I say "chopped sewage."


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admin's picture
i really didnt know that - great info It would be great if you used simple fonts and simple colors - the reds and yellows make things less readable 
s.preethi's picture
can u provide recipe for american chop suey pls!!