chop suey

chop su·​ey | \ ˌchäp-ˈsü-ē How to pronounce chop suey (audio) \
plural chop sueys

Definition of chop suey

: a dish prepared chiefly from bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, onions, mushrooms, and meat or fish and served with rice and soy sauce

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By 1936, a publication called the East Side Chamber News reported at least 18 Chinese tea gardens and chop suey eateries in heavily-populated Jewish neighborhoods. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 Introducing American Chinese food American Chinese cuisine can be traced back to the 19th century, when dishes like chop suey gained unexpected popularity. Saleah Blancaflor /, NBC News, "Can an American Chinese restaurant chain make it in China?," 21 May 2018 More than 300 Chicago white girls have sacrificed themselves to the influence of chop suey joints during the last year, according to police statistics. Monica Eng,, "How Chinese restaurants nearly became extinct across U.S.," 27 Feb. 2018 But next to it were the English words written in chop suey font, a style that in recent years has been derided as overly exoticizing. Frank Shyong,, "Yamashiro, a century-old Japanese-style castle in Hollywood, tests limits of cultural appropriation debate," 7 Apr. 2018 The English menu at Kam Fung on 22nd Place in Chinatown features typical Chinese-American items like chop suey and beef with broccoli. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "'Chicken feet? Why?' And your other questions about Chinese food answered," 22 Feb. 2018 Her family ate canned chop suey, frozen fish sticks and iceberg lettuce with Wishbone dressing, but there was also applesauce from backyard trees and fresh corn, tomatoes and rhubarb from a victory garden that her parents kept up after the victory. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Alice Waters Retraces the Path That Led Her to Chez Panisse," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of chop suey

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chop suey

Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp-seui odds and ends, from jaahp miscellaneous + seui bits

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The first known use of chop suey was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of chop suey

: a combination of vegetables and meat or fish that is served with rice

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