By Sarah Bellum
Today, Aug. 29, is National Chop Suey Day. Chop Suey, which means assorted pieces, is a dish in American Chinese cuisine.
The main ingredients include meat (chicken, fish, beef, prawns or pork) and eggs. As the meat cooks over high heat, add vegetables (usually bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery).
The dish is bound in a starch-thickened sauce.
Myth tells of an 1860s Chinese restaurant cook in San Francisco. After hours, the chef was forced to serve something to the drunken miners. He had nothing fresh to offer. However, to avoid a beating, he threw leftovers in a wok, providing a makeshift meal to the miners. The miners loved the dish, asking him for the name of the dish. To which the chef replied, "Chopped Sui."