How to cook: Chop suey, a well-loved Chinese stir fried mixed vegetable dish

Chop Suey

A classic Chinese dish that has been adopted by Filipino cuisine, chop suey is a stir fried vegetable dish cooked with meat, carrots, snow peas, baby corn and quail eggs.

Other vegetables that may be included in chop suey are cauliflower, celery, cabbage, bamboo shoots, broccoli and mushrooms.

The pork may be substituted with diced chicken meat.

For a vegetarian chop suey, omit the meat or chicken, double the amount of tofu and substitute the water with vegetable or fish stock.


Ingredients

1/3 k. of pork
100 g. of sitsaro (snow peas)
1 carrot
12 baby corns (canned or fresh)
18 quail eggs
1 small cake of tofu
1 tbsp. of finely minced garlic
1 tsp. of light soy sauce
1 onion
1 tbsp. of oyster sauce
1/2 c. of water
1 tsp. of cornstarch
1 tsp. of sugar
1 tsp. of sesame seed oil
salt and pepper
1/2 c. of cooking oil

Cooking procedure :

Cut pork into bite-size pieces. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut tofu into 1/2″ x 1/2″ squares. Slice carrots thinly. Break the tips of the snow peas and pull of the sides. Cut the onion in half and slice thinly. Cut each baby corn diagonally into two.

Boil the quail eggs in water for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave in the hot water, covered, for 10 minutes to finish the cooking. Drain and rinse in cold water. Remove the shells and set aside.

Mix together the water, cornstarch, oyster sauce, sugar, soy sauce and sesame seed oil.

Heat a wok or skillet. Pour in the cooking oil. Heat to smoking point. Fry the tofu cubes until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and paper towels and set aside.

Reheat the oil. Fry the pork over high heat until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and paper towels and set aside.

Pour off the cooking oil until only 1 tbsp. remains. Reheat. Over high heat, saute the garlic until golden brown. Add the onion slices. Stir for 10 seconds. Add the baby corn and carrots. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Add the snow peas and stir for 15 seconds. Return the pork to the skillet and add the shelled quail eggs. Pour in the cornstarch mixture and stir until the sauce thickens and clears. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve at once.

  • Jojo

    Share ko lang Ms. Connie about this recent article fwd to me. With the growing number of veggies & fruits being imported, their use of formalin is really scary. I’d go for local grown veggies. :-) This is the article:

    Coco Water Prolongs Freshness of Vegetables

    Use coconut water instead of formalin (formaldehyde) in prolonging the freshness of vegetables.

    The use of coconut water is simpler, safer, and more economical use than using formalin, which may scare vegetable buyers.

    In a demonstration by researchers at the College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Ba�os (CA-UPLB), stringbeans dipped in fresh coconut water for at least two minutes stayed fresh and marketable even up to four days after harvest. The shriveling or drying of the beans was also reduced.

    The CA-UPLB researchers said that the coconut water contains cytokinins or hormones responsible for retaining the green color (chlorophyll) of stringbean pods. (BPG)

    PFN No. 6481 July-Septeber 2004

    Source: CocoScope, July-September 1999.

  • http://homecookingrocks.com Connie

    Thanks, Jojo. Is CocoScope a print magazine? Is there an online version?

  • http://glamorouscha.info chari

    Hi I just cooked my first chop suey today, I just follow your recipe and it turned out perfect! Everybody loves it :)

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  • u8mypinkcookies

    I love chopsuey! Lately lang ako natutuo kumain nyan coz I don’t eat veggies talaga. Ngayon, yan lang veggie dish na I eat :)

  • Roy

    I love the chop suey dish. I missed eating it.
    But I will love it much if my girlfriend will cook it for me. So, I hope I will have a girlfriend who knows how to serve this perfectly for my taste.

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  • http://chenp.multiply.com cherry ann

    Hi ms. connie,

    thank yo for sharing this. I was thinking of what to cook for lunch and came across your chop suey. I followed it, though i don’t have sesame oil, it turned out good anyway… but i’ll go to grocery to find for sesame oil next time. I also had no pcs of pork to fry in our fridge…. so i used giniling instead… hehehe!!! my 4 year old loves it with all the vegetables combined :) Thank you! More power to your cooking and website… :)

  • http://feastasia SUSAN D. ARTUZ

    Yummy!!!!! Love it so much because i love eating vegetables….:))