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

Examples of chop suey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, in the Bay Area’s Chinese neighborhoods, old-school chop suey houses exist side by side with farm-to-table restaurants. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: The long road to normalcy after the pandemic," 8 Feb. 2021 Patrons had previously enjoyed low-cost, Americanized chop suey and chow mein. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Gone but not forgotten: 12 trailblazing women we lost in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Improbably, Cecilia Chiang began a San Francisco restaurant that educated generations of Americans about fine Mandarin cuisine (e.g. no chop suey). Christopher Gregory, National Geographic, "What led to this historic flood of young voters?," 2 Nov. 2020 The owner of the chop suey joint where Alice and her friends ate that night told police of a man ogling them in their booth. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Flour packer's brutal 1912 Minneapolis murder still unsolved," 17 Oct. 2020 Matthews, a 20-year-old flour packer at the Pillsbury mills, had been downtown with two women friends that Saturday night for a show at the Isis Theater, followed by a stop for some chop suey. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Flour packer's brutal 1912 Minneapolis murder still unsolved," 17 Oct. 2020 And the show uses hot dogs and chop suey, which gourmets may mock as basic or culinary abominations, as examples of how immigrants must often fit themselves into other people’s boxes in order to make a life here. Mike Sutter,, "San Antonio Mixtli chef to be featured on ‘Top Chef’ judge Padma Lakshmi’s new streaming series ‘Taste the Nation’ on Hulu," 15 June 2020 This resulted in dishes such as chop suey, which is as close to authentic Chinese cuisine as SpaghettiOs are to Italian. Douglas Wong, Washington Post, "Eating Chinese food in the age of coronavirus," 31 Jan. 2020 This year, it was renovated and reopened with its red lanterns, vinyl booths and chop suey typeface intact. San Francisco Chronicle, "Does a restaurant celebrating French colonialism belong in San Francisco?," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Chop suey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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