August 29, 2012

National Chop Suey Day

national chop suey day, steff deschenes, american chop suey"Chop suey may justly be called the 'National Dish of China.'" - Wong Chin Foo, "Chinese Cooking," 1884

It's National Chop Suey Day!

When I think of chop suey, I think of my childhood. If I wasn't eating my French-Canadian family's version of the stuff (served over white bread, mind you), then it was at friend's homes where their parents would make a giant bathtub-sized vat of it to feed the slew of kids they were hosting.

And they're both very different versions. Our family's version: made from ground beef, ground turkey, carrots, celery, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mini corn, and soy sauce; friend's parents version: ground beef, elbow macaroni, green peppers, onions, red sauce, and cheese.

I had originally planned on celebrating National Whiskey Sour Day today - I think everyone was expecting me to. It was one of my go-to mixed drink in my early twenties before I switched over to whiskey and cola. But, chop suey was actually a very prevalent food in my formative years, so I wanted to pay homage to it today.

Happy National Chop Suey Day!