It might seem a little bizarre to have a whole day dedicated to a single dish, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great day! Chop Suey means assorted pieces, and is an American-Chinese dish enjoyed by many as part of their Chinese takeout! It is a dish that is made up of meat, eggs, and vegetables all mixed together to create a tasty treat for those people who are looking for something simple yet delicious! But why does it need a whole day? Well, the answer is simply, why not?
It isn’t even 100% necessary to go to a takeout to enjoy this dish as there are recipes online that give instructions on how to make it at home. Some people prefer to get it from a Chinese place as it might have a more authentic feel, but there really isn’t going to be much difference in terms of celebrating the day whether it is bought or homemade. Post pictures on social media to share with friends and family, and encourage them to take part too.
Learn about National Chop Suey Day
National Chop Suey Day has been created so that we can pay honor to this delicious dish. Let’s get one thing straight, though: chop suey and chow mein are not the same. A lot of people get these dishes confused. One of the main differences between the two dishes is the way that noodles are added to the dish. In chow mein, the recipe calls for the noodles to be added to the meat, vegetables, and cooking sauces. However, in chop suey, the mixture of sauce, meat, and vegetables is going to be served over fried noodles or rice (or both) that have already been cooked.
This dish has become so popular that it is not only a prominent part of Chinese culture, but it has become an important part of many different types of cuisines around the world. This includes Polynesian cuisine, Indian Chinese, cuisine, German Chinese cuisine, Canadian Chinese cuisine, Filipino Chinese cuisine, and American Chinese cuisine. There have also been different takes and variations of the dish. For example, it mainly consists of vegetables in Chinese Indonesian cuisine, and it is known as cap cai.
History of Chop Suey Day
To this day, it is still debated where this delicious dish actually came from. Some argue that Chinese immigrants created the dish after they arrived in America, and others will argue that it is a traditional Chinese dish. Either way, you can get it on the takeout menu at your local Chinese, which is all that really matters!
If you head down to your Chinese, you will find that there are probably a few options when it comes to the meat that you can have in your dish, and it would be an awful thing not to enjoy this sumptuous meal when it has a whole day dedicated to it!
Now, National Chop Suey Day might not have been around since 1896, but that is when the dish was invented so this is a pretty important date to know!
The dish was traced back to this period by E.N. Anderson, an anthropologist and scholar of Chinese food. He traced the dish back to Taishan, which is a country in the Guandong province. It was known as tsap seui, which basically translates to miscellaneous leftovers. Other people have reported knowing of this dish in that area in the 1890s, include Li Shu-fan, a doctor from Hong Kong. However, it is worth noting that there are a lot of myths and tales about the creation of this dish. It seems that everyone wants to be credited with this incredible creation, and who can blame them?
How to celebrate National Chop Suey Day
Well, this one is fairly simple! Head down to your local Chinese takeout and pick up some delicious Chop Suey. Enjoy this with some rice or noodles to create a tasty main meal. There isn’t much else to do really!
This event can be observed anywhere that has a local Chinese takeaway, or indeed if someone in the family knows how to make this excellent dish! It isn’t confined to one area of the world, so feel free to participate when it rolls around this year. Remember, it only comes around once a year, so there isn’t always going to be an excuse to sit there and stuff your face with Chinese food!
So, it might sound a little strange and silly to have an entire day devoted to this Chinese-American dish, but who cares? It’s an excuse to order Chinese and watch TV rather than cooking, what more could a person need? Take part in National Chop Suey Day this year, and don’t forget to post those pictures onto social media!
Of course, if you are feeling adventurous, you could decide to make your own version of this dish. All you need to do is a quick search online and you are going to find plenty of different recipes for chop suey. So, you should have no trouble finding a recipe that appeals to your taste buds. There are many different ways you can make this dish. Some people prefer it to be meat-based, while others like to add prawns. Some people prefer to keep it simple and only add vegetables. The choice is yours, and there is no shortage of recipes, so you don’t need to figure it out by yourself.
You could also really embrace National Chop Suey Day by having a Chinese-inspired party. After all, there is something fascinating about Chinese culture. The red and gold shades and the interesting decor are perfect for a celebration. You can get all of your friends and family around and you can serve a tasty Chinese banquet. It goes without saying that you need to have some chop suey on the menu! There are plenty of other tasty Chinese dishes and appetizers that you will be able to add to your buffet as well.