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.
"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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