American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes)


American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes)

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A delightful preparation of crispy noodles served with vegetables and a tangy sauce. This recipe is not an authentic chinese one, but an invention of chinese restaurateurs in western countries. One of the literal translations of this recipe means 'savoury mess'. Serve this dish as a snack or One Meal Dinner or as a side dish with a Chinese meal.

American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes) recipe - How to make American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes)

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients


For The Crispy Noodles
4 cups parboiled hakka noodles
oil for deep-frying

For The Chopsuey Topping
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup capsicum strips
1/2 cup carrot juliennes
1/2 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup boiled noodles
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp oil
1 cup tomato ketchup
2 tsp chilli sauce
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
salt to taste

Method
For the crispy noodles

    For the crispy noodles
  1. 1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai, add 2 cups of hakka noodles and spread it evenly to form a layer and deep-fry till it turns crispy and golden brown in colour from both the sides. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  2. 2. Repeat step 1 to deep-fry the remaining noodles. Keep aside.

For the chopsuey topping

    For the chopsuey topping
  1. Combine the cornflour with 1½ cups of water in a deep bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  3. Add the capsicum, carrot and cabbage and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the boiled hakka noodles and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  5. Add the tomato ketchup and chilli sauce, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the cornflour-water mixture, vinegar, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the sauce thickens, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Divide it into 2 equal portions and keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Just before serving, place one portion of the crispy noodles on a serving dish and top it with one portion of the chopsuey evenly over it.
  2. Repeat step 1 to make 1 more plate.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Like American Chop Suey

  1. Like American Chop Suey. Veg American Chopsuey is a popular Indo-Chinese noodle dish. It is wholesome and consists of fried noodles and a tangy spicy sauce. Here are some of my favorite Indo-Chinese dishes, which I think you would enjoy :

For the crispy noodles for American Chop Suey

  1. For preparing crispy noodles at home for American Chop Suey, Veg American Chopsuey, boil enough water in a deep pan.
  2. Add salt to taste and oil.
  3. Add the hakka noddles and mix well. We have taken 1 ½  packet of hakka noodles. Per packet of hakka noodles is approx. 150 gms. 
  4. Boil the hakka noodles for 8  minutes or till they are 70-80% cooked. Do not overcook or else they will turn soggy. Drain them using a strainer.
  5. Refresh them under cold water so they do not stick to each other and the internal cooking process stops. Keep aside to cool.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan.
  7. Once the oil is hot, add 2 cups of boiled hakka noodles. Spread it evenly to form a nest like layer.
  8. Once the bottom layer has turned golden brown, flip it using a pair of tongs.
  9. Deep-fry till it turns crispy and golden brown in colour from both the sides on a medium flame. If you fry noodles on a low flame then they will absorb more oil and if you fry them on high flame then they will turn brown immediately but not turn crispy.
  10. Drain on an absorbent paper to remove all the excess oil.
  11. In the same way,deep fry the remaining 2 cups of noodles to make one more batch of crispy noodles. 

For the American Chopsuey topping

  1. For making the American Chop Suey, Veg American Chopsuey topping, we will require cornflour slurry. For that, in a deep bowl take 1 ½ tbsp of cornflour.
  2. Combine the cornflour with 1½ cups of water.
  3. Mix well to form a lump free slurry using a whisk and keep aside.
  4. For making the chopsuey topping, heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan or wok.
  5. Add the onions and you can also add garlic if you wish to.
  6. Sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  7. Add the capsicum. To make the American chop Suey more colorful, add sliced bell peppers.
  8. Add the carrot. You can even toss in some diagonally cut French beans.
  9. Add the cabbage. Basically, you can add any vegetables of your choice like broccoli, mushroom, purple cabbage, zucchini etc.
  10. Sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  11. Add the boiled hakka noodles.
  12. Mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  13. Add the tomato ketchup. It provides a tangy flavor to the chopsuey.
  14. Add the chilli sauce, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally. You can also add soy sauce.
  15. Add the cornflour-water mixture. This helps in thickening the chopsuey sauce.
  16. Also, add vinegar
  17. Add sugar. American Chop Suey is pleasantly sweet hence we add the sugar.
  18. Add the salt.
  19. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the chop suey sauce thickens and coats the vegetables, while stirring occasionally.

How to serve American Chop Suey

  1. Just before serving, place one portion of the crispy noodles on a serving dish.
  2. Top it with one portion of the chopsuey, spread evenly over it. If you are serving hours after preparing then adjust the consistency of chopsuey sauce before serving by reheating and adding little water if required. Also,garnish with spring onion greens. 
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2 to make 1 more serving of the veg American Chop suey.
  4. Serve American Chop Suey, Veg American Chopsuey immediately. Pour the sauce over crispy noodles just before serving or else the crispy noodles will turn soft and soggy.
  5. If you enjoyed this homemade American Chop Suey recipe, you might also like other Indo-Chinese vegetarian recipes like hakka noodles, veg fried rice, dry Manchurian.

Reviews

American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes)
 on 09 Aug 17 02:51 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
22 Jun 19 01:16 PM
   Thanks for the feedback. We have updated the American Chop Suey recipe in details.
American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes)
 on 09 Jul 17 08:15 PM
5

How do I parboil the 4 cups of hakka noodles?
Tarla Dalal
10 Jul 17 08:28 AM
   Hi Ravi, Cook them till they are only 70% cooked
American Chop Suey ( Easy Chinese Recipes)
 on 14 Aug 16 01:54 AM
5