Definition of chop suey in US English:

chop suey


  • A Chinese-style dish of meat stewed and fried with bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, and onions, and served with rice.

    • ‘He would leap chirpily onto my shoulder to devour chicken fried rice, chop suey and even chocolate pudding.’
    • ‘Like chop suey, however, fortune cookies were invented in North America, but are a fun way to end a meal.’
    • ‘It has been left to Anderson to show what seems more likely to have been the true origin of the dish; chop suey is not - as many would-be connoisseurs believe - an American invention.’
    • ‘It is late at night, and Bill has come over for chow mein and chop suey.’
    • ‘Gone are such pre-1960 dishes as chop suey, chow mein, egg foo yung, and barbecue spareribs.’
    • ‘So we left the arcade to get some food at that small Chinese restaurant where I ordered the chop suey.’
    • ‘Yet more people in the UK will eat curry or a chop suey than any of those on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Ah well, bring on the chop suey and fortune cookies.’
    • ‘Shrimp lo mein, fried rice, chicken chop suey, and Mandarin noodle soup among others surrounded a main course of steamed lobster.’
    • ‘I missed my first day of kindergarten to help open our first chop suey joint, folding takeout menus.’
    • ‘This is of interest to Yau, whose next London restaurant will echo the dubious glories of the classic British chop suey house and ‘Canton pop cookery’.’
    • ‘The dining area is light and airy with trendy modern fittings - more bistro than Cantonese chop suey house.’
    • ‘Although these do represent some of the basic foods of Mexico - in name only - they have been brought down to their lowest common denominator north of the border, on a par with the chop suey and chow mein of Chinese restaurants 20 years ago.’
    • ‘His father opened a Chinese takeaway, but Alan vowed to distance himself from what he calls the chop suey business: ‘The hours are long and the product is not good.’’
    • ‘China is represented by syrupy spareribs, chow mein and chop suey, Italy offers pasta staples and eggplant parmigiana, and you can say bonjour to France over vats of meat with sauce.’
    • ‘He wants her to make fun of how he eats chop suey, dreams of being a martial arts stunt man, and excels at math.’
    • ‘In the Chinatown area, you can get sweet syrupy spareribs, two kinds of rice, pineapple chicken balls and ‘classics’ like chow mein, chop suey and macaroni with beef.’
    • ‘When I was growing up my mother would serve us dishes like lasagna, chop suey, ‘Swiss’ steak, Polish sausage, spaghetti, corned beef, and all sorts of other foods that I considered without thought as somehow originally American.’
    • ‘Foods served on ceremonial occasions include daily fare plus whole pigs, potato salad, chop suey, puddings, cakes, and ice cream.’
    • ‘No, we do not eat chop suey and spring rolls all the time.’


Late 19th century: from Chinese ( Cantonese dialect) tsaâp suì ‘mixed bits’.


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