Chow mein and chop suey are two of the most popular foods in Chinese cuisine and especially Chinese-American cuisine. There are many different ways to prepare both of these dishes and the great thing about both dishes is you can put almost anything you want into them.
Things you can add to both dishes include any kinds of meat, poultry, seafood or whatever else you can think of. Chow mein’s and chop suey’s are a brilliant way to use your leftover food.
If you have any leftover turkey or any kinds of meat leftover after Thanksgiving or Christmas, or even some meat left over after a roast, you can make a chow mein or chop suey for lunch out of your leftovers.
This article contains some of the most popular Chow Mein and Chop Suey recipes that can be found in Chinese cuisine. You can adjust the amount of seasonings in each dish to sit your own taste. You can also swap the ingredients if you want to. For example, you can swap beef with pork and if you can’t find bok choy in your local supermarket then you can just use spring greens, tender stem broccoli or even kale. Any of these will be perfectly fine.
Chow mein and chopy suey are my weeknight dinner life savers. They are quick and easy to make and they are full of all the nutrition you need so I love cooking these dishes especially during the week.
If you are interesting in a little bit of background or history of chow mein and chop suey then you can have a look at the article “Chop Suey and Chow Mein in Chinese Cuisine”.
Below are some of the most popular chow mein and chop suey recipes:
This article contains three different type of chow mein: beef chow mein, chicken chow mein and seafood chow mein. All the ingredients are fairly easy to get hold of from your local supermarket. You can marinade the meat a day before then when you come home you just need to prepare vegetables and noodles then it’s ready to stir-fry.
This recipe for chicken chow mein recipe has crisp noodles like you’ll find in Chinese restaurants, but without the fat. So this is a fairly healthy version of chicken chow mein.
In China, chow mein is made with soft noodles or egg noodles. For crispy chow mein you will need to cook the chow mein noodles first then add more oil than the recipe calls for and cook the noodles longer to dry them out. You can also follow these basic photo instructions that will show how to make chow mein noodles. If you’re not a fan of chicken feel free to swap the chicken with pork or prawns.
A delicious and simple version of chicken chop suey recipe. This chicken chop suey recipe comes from the cookbook author Deh-ta Hsiung.
While chop suey as we know it is an American-Chinese creation, and not an authentic Chinese dish, it may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. Pork chop suey is primarily a vegetable dish; the meat is added for extra flavor. You can also replace the pork with other kinds of meat, such as beef or chicken.
This recipe from cookbook author Farina Kingsley is found in her cooking app Farina’s Asian Pantry: Demystifying Asian Cuisine. This classic stir-fry dish is a crowd pleaser. Stir-fry noodle dish with a variety of fresh vegetables and slices of left over roast chicken or steak tossed in.