Origin of chop sueyaltered by associated, association with chop from Chinese tsa-sui, literally , various pieces
a Chinese-American dish consisting of meat, bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms, etc. cooked together in a sauce and served with rice
- A dish consisting of stir-fried bean sprouts, onions, and other vegetables, often cooked with small pieces of meat or shrimp, and served with rice.
- Informal A miscellany: “His coterie of execs were up to their pin stripes in a chop suey of deals” ( TV Guide )
Origin of chop sueyCantonese zaap6 seoi3 miscellaneous bits ( equivalent to Mandarin zásuì )Cantonese zaap6 mixed ( from Middle Chinese ts&hhook;ap )Cantonese seoi3 mixed ( from Middle Chinese suaj` pieces, to break up )
From Cantonese 雜碎 (zaap6 seoi3, “mixed and broken”).