American Chopsuey


American Chopsuey

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American Chopsuey represents the confluence of western and oriental cuisines, and when served with fried noodles, it is often considered an overseas adaptation of the popular Chinese dish, Chow Mein. Chopsuey is essentially sautéed veggies flavoured with sauces and thickened with corn flour. When served atop crisp-fried Hakka noodles, it makes a truly sumptuous treat that is both filling and tasty!

American Chopsuey recipe - How to make American Chopsuey

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. 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. 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.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per tbsp
Energy282 cal
Protein10.6 g
Carbohydrates53.2 g
Fiber0.9 g
Fat4.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium624.2 mg
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American Chop Suey Recipe Notes

  1. You can make the crispy noodles in advance and store them in an air-tight container.
  2. Using the fried noodles, you can make another popular Indo-Chinese roadside recipe Chinese bhel. 
  3. You can add an assortment of exotic vegetables like broccoli, pakchoy, baby corn, red cabbage to make this more colorful and flavorful.
  4. Also, you can make use of favorite sauces like sriracha, soy sauce, schezuan sauce to make this dish more tasty. 

Making Crispy noodles for the chopsuey

  1. First we have to parboil the noodles i.e. to cook them 70 to 80 %. If the noodles are completely cooked they will be soggy and sticky while deep-frying. So cook them al dente i.e. firm to bite. For this boil enough water in a deep broad pan.
  2. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Also add a little oil. 
  4. Add the noodles and let them boil till they are 70-80% cooked.
  5. Drain and rinse with cold water to avoid further cooking. Before you deep-fry the noodles see that they are well drained and dry.
  6. Now heat oil in a deep non-stick kadhai, add 2 cups of hakka noodles and spread it evenly to form a layer and deep-fry.
  7. Once the bottom layer is golden brown turn over the noodles and fry them on the other side, so that they are golden brown from both the sides and also crisp.
  8. Drain on an absorbent paper. Similarly make one more batch of fried noodles.

Making the saucy topping for the Chop Suey

  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 and add the sliced onions.
  3. Sauté the onions on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  4. Then add capsicum.
  5. Add carrots.
  6. Add cabbage.
  7. Mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Add the boiled hakka noodles and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  9. Add the tomato ketchup.
  10. Add chilli sauce. The addition of different sauces gives it a sweet, tangy, spicy flavour.
  11. Mix well and cook for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  12. Now add the cornflour-water mixture.
  13. Mix well and add the vinegar.
  14. Add sugar and salt to taste.
  15. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the sauce thickens, while stirring occasionally.

How to serve American Chop Suey

  1. Place one portion of the crispy noodles on a serving dish.
  2. Top it with one portion of the chopsuey evenly over it.
  3. Serve immediately. Enjoy the American chop suey before it gets soggy.

Reviews

American Chopsuey
 on 05 Dec 16 05:34 PM
5

It is a very easy and a simple recipe as I am a student of class 10 I am not that familier to spices so it is a very taste and easy recipe ..
Tarla Dalal
06 Dec 16 09:24 AM
   Well done Gautam. Great to know you can cook so well at a young age.
American Chopsuey
 on 03 Sep 16 05:13 AM
5

Its fantastic food because iam a chef in kadapa
Tarla Dalal
03 Sep 16 11:17 AM
   Hi Bovilla , we are delighted you loved the American Chopsuey recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
American Chopsuey
 on 17 May 16 09:20 PM
5

The recipe of American Chopsuey and Manchurian with fried rice was awesone.I and my family loved it.. Thank you..
Tarla Dalal
18 May 16 04:02 PM
   Hi Rupal, that''s great to know.. you have liked the recipe.. Do keep trying more recipes and give us your feedback..
American Chopsuey
 on 18 Aug 15 07:04 PM
5

Love this recipe. i hv tried once.. and it becomes my foteh.. ita wonderful.. super yummy.. and vry easy to cook
Tarla Dalal
19 Aug 15 01:57 PM
   Glad you liked the recipe. Please keep trying our recipes and post your valuable feedback as we would love to hear.
American Chopsuey
 on 24 Mar 15 03:14 PM
5

This chinese recipe is one of my favourite. The crispy noodle base with the chopsuey on top tastes amazing. The chopsuey is slight sweet and tangy in taste. The tomato ketchup used in the recipe is one of the main ingredient to get the perfect taste.
American Chopsuey
 on 23 Jul 11 12:07 AM
5

made this many times since the last 20 yrs. from the book vegeterian cooking but in that the ingredients for the sauce mentioned 3/4 cup of vinegar and sugar each instead of 1/4 cup. why this difference.
Tarla Dalal
31 Mar 15 04:31 PM
   This recipe has been modified today, we have used less vinegar and more of tomato ketchup, try this recipe we are sure you will enjoy it
Foodie #631896
04 Apr 15 09:34 AM
   It is the best