National chop suey day
August 29th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Pass the chopsticks - August 29 is National Chop Suey Day!

Chop suey is one of those dishes with a history that needs to be taken with a grain of salt. While most have settled on the version that ties its origin to Toisan, a region in China from where many immigrants to American came from, there are some more colorful options.

Some say the dish, like fortune cookies, was invented here in the US. One particular version says the private cooks of Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang invented and served the dish to Americans at a diplomatic dinner party in New York City in 1896.

Regardless of the origin, the simple dish can now be found in most Chinese restaurants.

"Most Americans know it's not real Chinese food. A handful of them don't care," writes Jennifer 8. Lee in her book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. "Yet it still endures."

Chop suey primarily consists of stir-fried vegetables, meat and eggs with a starchy sauce served over rice or noodles. Translated, chop suey means "mixed bits."

The dish is relatively easy to put together, and can be altered for dietary and taste preferences. So, how will you take yours?

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  1. Ron

    I love Chop Suey and I have a pair of 9 ft chopsticks to prove it! Lets celebrate National Chop Suey Day!

    August 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  2. Chop Suey Day?!

    August 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  3. Chopped Liver

    So what does that make me?!?

    August 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  4. jillmarie

    I love vegetable chop suey, and veggie chow mein as well. Mine has to have water chestnuts and mushrooms. Now I'm in the mood for Chinese food!
    I'm one of those who knows it's not really Chinese food- I've been to Shanghai actually- but it's still yummy!

    August 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  5. angrybabykitty

    Now I want to listen to the System of A Down song too.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Came here to say that exact thing. Beat me to it.

      August 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
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