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there is a dish in china called shap sui in cantonese and tsa sui in mandarin, but it is not like american chop suey. this might help you understand the difference.

"Apple pie, fried chicken, hamburgers and chop suey. The last dish might seem out of place in that list of great American food classics, but we’d wager that a hot plate of chop suey is just about as American as it gets. Though once as ubiquitous as the egg roll, chop suey has nearly disappeared from restaurant menus, a victim of evolving tastes and its own questionably “authentic” pedigree.

Though nobody knows for sure, some say that chop suey first appeared in the United States during the 1840s in San Francisco. The Gold Rush was on, and Chinese laborers flooded the city to take advantage of the bustling economy. As soon as enough immigrants warranted it, Chinese restaurants began springing up; the first one, Macao and Woosung, opened its doors in 1849. According to legend, it was there that, late one night, a band of drunken miners stumbled in and demanded food. The exhausted owner went back into the kitchen, scraped old food off previous customers’ plates and onto new ones, doused the mess in soy sauce and presented it to his carousing clients. The miners were so impressed with the food that they returned the next night for more “shap sui,” which means “mixed pieces” or “odds and ends” in Cantonese.

No matter how it first came about, chop suey houses became a huge fad on the American dining scene. Entire restaurants were dedicated to variations on the dish, from pineapple chop suey to subgum chicken. The craze reached its heyday in the 1950s, with multiple canned and packaged varieties appearing on the scene for busy homemakers. But by the 1960s, thanks to influential figures like Julia Child, James Beard and Craig Claiborne, Americans began to search for authenticity and uniqueness in food. Chop suey was pushed aside in favor of Peking duck and potstickers, and a once-favored dish was relegated to the history books".

i will post a pinoy recipe that is very healthy and tasty on the food forum.

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And it's not Champagne unless it's made in the Champagne region.
I'll settle for Brut and put the other $100 back in my wallet.
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