American Chopsuey

by | Oct 18, 2011 | 17 comments

American Chopsuey

Indo Chinese is a very interesting cuisine. It is also one of the tastiest versions of Chinese fusion food. Adapted for the colourful and adventurous Indian palate, Indo Chinese has a lot of chili, a lot of tang and a lot of oomph. One of the most popular dishes on the menu of a restaurant serving Indian Chinese is a dish called American Chopsuey. 

Chopsuey is originally a Chinese dish of meat and vegetables stir-fried in sauce and thickened with corn starch. It is served with noodles and there are many variations in place in different regions of China. The Indian Chinese version of Chopsuey is similar in concept with an interesting twist. The base of the dish is a corn starch thickened almost sweet and sour tasting tangy vegetable sauce topped with a mound of crispy fried noodles and finished off with a perfectly fried egg. It is spectacular to look at and absolutely scrumptious.


Fried Noodles And Stock

Fried Noodles
Back in college, we used to have American Chopsuey religiously at our local Indian Chinese restaurant. It was a hot bowl of comfort especially when we returned after a busy day at college braving the traffic and rain. The thick ketchup sauce with stir-fried vegetables had a peppery kick, the noodles were always fried to perfection and whether the egg would have a soft centre would be anyone's guess. The zing of pepper, the slightly charred wok flavour and the abundance of spring onions and coriander was an explosion of flavour that sends goosebumps down my arms even today. Why it was called American Chopsuey, I have no clue. But boy oh boy was it delicious.
Over the years I have tried to recreate the version of American Chopsuey that we loved the most and the one I am about to share today comes pretty close. The sauce is the star of the dish and a good quality stock takes it a long way. For my dish I have used the Campbell's Real Stock Vegetable because I was making this as part of my Meatless Monday resolve. The idea os the dish is to start off with a crunch of the fried noodle and a slurp of the sauce and as you start digging and swirling in the bowl, the noodles cook and soften in the thick hot sauce. It is an adventure in textural food and quite an experience.
American Chopsuey
Sweet And Sour Ketchup Sauce


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Author: Sneh
Course // Dinner
Cuisine // Chinese, Indian, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced and chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, julienned and chopped
  • 1/4 cup snow peas, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup capsicum, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups Campbell's Real Stock Vegetable
  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped + 2 tablespoons chopped spring onions for garnish
  • few coriander leaves for garnish
  • 4 round portions cooked, fried noodles
  • 4 fried eggs


  • Heat oil on high in a wok. Toss in the ginger and stir fry for a minute. Add the carrot, snow peas, capsicum and cabbage and stir fry for another minute. Add soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ketchup, pepper and stock. Reduce heat to medium and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes until heated through and starting to bubble.
  • Add spring onions and cornflour. Increase heat to high. Cook for 2-3 minutes stirring till sauce thickens and is hot. Remove from heat.
  • In 4 noodle bowls, spoon sauce until halfway full. Top with fried noodle rounds and fried egg. Garnish with spring onions and coriander. Serve hot with sliced green chilies and slivered ginger.
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  1. Richa@HobbyandMore

    yummmyyyy.. i havent had chopsuey in so loooongg! yours looks drooliciously perfect.. and really pretty clicks!

  2. Von

    I've never even heard of American Chopsuey before, but your description of it and the photos make it look so good I want to try (especially the sauce!)! I haven't had much IndoChinese food either- actually, I can't even think of one Indochinese restaurant in my area 🙁

  3. foodie @ Tasting Spot

    i like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out it's for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies.

  4. J2Kfm (Malaysian Food & Travel)

    Beautiful shots. Though even here in Malaysia, we may not have something sharing the similarity like chop suey. Probably a claypot style of noodles with eggs, bits of pork/chicken and fish balls, but not the ketchup-based gravy definitely.

  5. mustardseed

    What a lovely presentation! It totally reminded me of my college days when I ate this. Now I am craving for it. Beautiful photographs!

  6. Kiran @

    I love chop suey! Heck, I absolutely go ga-ga over any Chinese dishes. I have my aunt to thank for awakening my taste-buds in Chinese cuisine.

  7. Meeta

    It's what i miss about India - the Indo Cinese cuisine. I do remember indulging in chopsuey while on vacation in Delhi. My friends would be left in amazement as they watched how much of the dish I could actually polish away! Great recipe Sneh!

  8. kankana

    I had actually forgotten about this totally! In India I used to eat this a lot .. one of my fav it was and somehow I had forgotten about it. Now I need to eat it sometime soon. Thanks for a recipe .. gonna try at home too 🙂

  9. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    omg this looks and sounds amazing. Great photos

  10. Nash at Plateful

    Used to feat on this while I was in school. Haven't had it in ages now, sigh. That picture of the stacked noodles is simply mind blowing!

  11. Martyna@WholesomeCook

    Looks great, love the abundance of veg in it!

  12. Anita Menon

    Wow you got me drooling on this one. Indo- chinese is a different kind of cuisine in itself. I have to book mark this recipe. Thanks Sneh for sharing this recipe.

  13. chinamyie @ love food eat

    America chopsuey has never cooled better! I am not really fan of this dish but your photos are making me want to have some! lol... I generally like Indian Chinese though 🙂

  14. Manju

    yumm!! I think I had american chopsuey last maybe 4-5 years ago...ohhh i am reminded of it now and craving big time!!

  15. Nic@diningwithastud

    Oozing egg food porn! NOM!! This looks so great 🙂 I'd quite happily devour it 🙂

  16. Gagan

    Oh drooooooool! Indo-chinese is something else altogether. Our faves back in college were momos and foo yungs...I can still remember the flavors, and no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to replicate those at home. 🙁

    This looks amazing, as usual!

  17. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Scrummy looking soup Sneh, and those photos are just stunning!!


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