A plate of chop suey.
a Chinese-American dish consisting of meat, bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms, etc. cooked together in a sauce and served with rice
Origin of chop sueyaltered by associated, association with chop ; from Chinese tsa-sui, literally , various pieces
- A Chinese-American dish consisting of small pieces of meat or chicken cooked with bean sprouts and other vegetables 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).
- (US) A stir-fried vegetable dish, served with pieces of beef or pork in a semi-thick sauce, and often soy sauce.
- (Canada and UK) Steamed bean sprouts served in a semi-thick sauce, and mixed with a choice of meat and/or vegetables.
From Cantonese 雜碎 (zaap6 seoi3, “mixed and broken”).