American Chop-Suey

Happy New Year, fellow foodies. Let’s start this year with one of my favorite dishes. If you haven’t’ tried it, I urge to give it a try to this wonderfully tangy and sweet dish.

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When I was in college in India, American Chop Suey was one most ordered menu item in our favorite Indo-Chinese place. I am not sure why there is “American” in the name because I can’t find this dish anywhere in America.In fact, when I first came to America, I was extremely disappointed when I didn’t see this dish on the menu in N’s favorite Chinese restaurant in Dallas.

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The original dish also has very thin fried noodles but I didn’t want to go through the trouble of frying the noodles so I found a fried noodle packet in my grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • Fried Noodles 1 package
  • Egg 1
  • Onion 1 medium
  • Red Pepper/Capsicum 1 medium
  • Corn Starch 1/2 tsp
  • Water 1/3 cup or vegetable or Chicken stock 1/3 cup
  • Tomato Ketch up 2Tbsp
  • Vinegar 1 Tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar 1 tsp or more as needed
  • Black or White Pepper powder 1/4 tsp
  • Oil canola or grape seed 1 tsp plus 1  1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili sauce 1/2 tsp or more per taste

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Directions:

Cut Onion and Red pepper in thin small stripes and set aside

Mix Cornstarch with water and set aside.

In a wok or large saucepan, heat 1 1/2 tsp oil. Break the egg directly on to the pan. When the whites start cooking, gently spread the yellow around until cooked through. When slightly cooled, cut into thin strips and keep aside.

Add Onion and saute for couple of minutes. Make sure Onion doesn’t turn brown.

Add Red Pepper and saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the mixed sauce and let it come to boil.

Add salt and red chili sauce if desired.

Add water with cornstarch to the vegetable mixture and mix well.

Let cook for a minute or 2 and remove from heat.

To serve, in a plate, place the fried noodles and top it with the prepared Onion pepper topping. Top it with Fried egg strips.

Notes:

If you think the sauce is not tangy enough for your taste, add a bit of Soy sauce.

If you do not want to use Fried noodles, you can use Ramen noodles cooked per instructions. You can also get gluten free Ramen noodles now.

 

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