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What is Chopsui

For learning: Chinese (Cantonese)
Base language: English
Category: WK087

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    Chopsui is chinese food, but it is not an original chinese disk. In the older days, chinese immigrants in US are mostly work or operate in restaurent business. In a small town, a restaurent was operated by a new chinese immigrant. He/She didn't speak English very well, and he/she was not a real cook. He/she mixed everything in one disk (most ingredients are vegetables, because it is cheaper). He/She named it chopsui, in Chinese, "chop" is mixed. "sui" is everything. The late commers follow him/her to put chopsui in their menu. Chopsui has once became very popular during the years between 1970-1990.

     

    Chopsuey Ingredients:

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    1/4 kilo pork, sliced into small pieces
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    1/4 kilo shrimps, shelled, deveined and halved
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    1/4 kilo cauliflower, broken to bite size
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    1/4 kilo string beans
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    1/4 kilo snow peas (sitsaro)
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    1/4 kilo cabbage, cut into squares
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    2 stalks of leeks, cut into 2" long pieces
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    3 stalks celery, cut into 2" long pieces
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    5 cloves garlic, diced
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    2 onions, diced
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    1 carrot, sliced thinly
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    1 piece red bell pepper, cut in strips
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    1 piece green bell pepper. cut in strips
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    2 tablespoons of cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
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    2 cups chicken stock (broth)
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    3 tablespoons of sesame oil
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    3 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
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    4 tablespoons of corn oil or vegetable oil
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    Salt to taste

    Chopsuey is a stir fry dish using vegetables, pork or beef.Here are the cooking instructions:

    In a big pan or wok, sauté garlic, onions then add in the pork. Add 1 cup of stock, pinch of salt and simmer for 15 minutes or until pork's is cooked.
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    Mix in the shrimp then all the vegetables. Add the remaining 1 cup of stock, patis and the dissolved cornstarch. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are done. Add the sesame oil.
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    Salt and pepper to taste.
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    Serve hot with rice.

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