Chop Suey is originally an American-Chinese dish which consists of meats (often chicken, beef, shrimp or pork), cooked quickly with vegetables such as bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery and bound in a starch-thickened sauce but Filipinos also have their own version of this dish. It is typically served with rice but can become the Chinese-American form of chow mein with the addition of deep-fried noodles.
Its origins are as mysterious as a dish itself is guileless. According to a favored bit of lore, chop suey is mispronounce 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.
• 1/4 kilo pork, sliced into small pieces
• 1/4 kilo shrimps, shelled, deveined and halved
• 1/4 kilo chicken liver and gizzard, sliced to small pieces
• 1/4 kilo cauliflower, broken to bite size
• 1/4 kilo string beans
• 1/4 kilo snow peas (sitsaro)
• 1/4 kilo cabbage, cut into squares
• 2 stalks of leeks, cut into 2″ long pieces
• 3 stalks celery, cut into 2″ long pieces
• 5 cloves garlic, diced
• 2 onions, diced
• 1 carrot, sliced thinly
• 1 piece red bell pepper, cut in strips
• 1 piece green bell pepper. cut in strips
• 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
• 2 cups chicken stock (broth)
• 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
• 3 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
• 4 tablespoons of corn oil or vegetable oil
• Salt to taste
• In a big pan or wok, sauté garlic, onions then add in the pork. chicken liver and gizzard. Add 1 cup of stock, pinch of salt and simmer for 15 minutes or until pork and chicken giblets are cooked.
• Mix in the shrimp then all the vegetables. Add the remaining 1 cup of stock, patis and the dissolved cornstarch. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are done. Add the sesame oil.
• Salt and pepper to taste.
• Serve hot with rice.