or chop sooy
- a Chinese-style American dish consisting of small pieces of meat, chicken, etc., cooked together with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables and seasoning, in a gravy, often served with rice and soy sauce.
Origin of chop suey
1885–90, Americanism; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp seui mixed bits, akin to Chinese zá suì
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Examples from the Web for chop suey
It must taste like a mixture of Hungarian goulash and Chinese chop-suey!Tom Fairfield in Camp
By night he vicariously operated a chop-suey palace on Seventh Avenue, where congregated the worst elements of the Tenderloin.
"Chop-suey sundae," he announced, after a hasty glance at the printed menu.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
To make matters worse, she added explanatorily: Why, the girls say chop-suey is great!Polly in New York
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Anyhow they'll tax every laundry and chop-suey palace from the Bronx to the Battery to pay us.
- a Chinese-style dish originating in the US, consisting of meat or chicken, bean sprouts, etc, stewed and served with rice
C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) tsap sui odds and ends
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Word Origin and History for chop suey
1885, American English, from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tsap sui "odds and ends, mixed bits."
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