Chop Suey is a Chinese-American stew that gained popularity in the mid-20th century. It's delicious and great for extending the food budget.
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Chop Suey | Traditional Chinese-American Recipe Like Mom Made

A delicious Chinese-American recipe that utilizes whichever meat you prefer along with bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, onions, and celery. Add more vegetables if you wish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: budget-saving, easy, hearty dish, lunch, Stew
Cuisine: Asian flavor, Chinese-American
Keyword: classic Oriental dish, easy dinner
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 19 oz. cubed pork tenderloin
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery sliced in 1/4-inch diagonal
  • 1 can 16 oz. bean sprouts, drained
  • 1 can 8 oz. sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 can 8 oz. bamboo shoots, drained
  • 8 oz. fresh baby Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes use more or less according to your taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 4 oz. Canton noodles cooked according to directions. Set aside.


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat and add the pork cubes. Cook, stirring, until the pork begins to brown, 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the skillet and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and add the onion, celery, and red pepper flakes. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to sauté until the mushrooms release some of their liquid about another 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and chicken broth. Let it come to a simmer. Add the meat back in with the soy sauce and cover the skillet. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the cold water with the cornstarch. Stir the slurry into the skillet mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add the canton noodles to the shop suey and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Serve the chop suey with chopped cilantro, green onions, or sesame seed


This is virtually a basic recipe you can add as many vegetables as you want. The meat is up to you -- pork, beef, or chicken.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1252mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2.5% | Vitamin C: 3.9% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 9.8%