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1. 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.
2. Informal A miscellany: "His coterie of execs were up to their pin stripes in a chop suey of deals" (TV Guide).
[Cantonese zaap6 seoi3, miscellaneous bits (equivalent to Mandarin zásuì) : Cantonese zaap6, mixed (from Middle Chinese tsɦap) + Cantonese seoi3, mixed (from Middle Chinese suaj`, pieces, to break up).]
(Cookery) a Chinese-style dish originating in the US, consisting of meat or chicken, bean sprouts, etc, stewed and served with rice
[C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) tsap sui odds and ends]
chop′ su′ey(ˈtʃɒpˈsu i)
a Chinese-style dish of small pieces of meat, chicken, etc., cooked with onions, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and other vegetables, usu. served with rice.
[1885–90, Amer.; < dial. Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp seui mixed bits, akin to Chinese zá suì]
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|Noun||1.||chop suey - meat or fish stir-fried with vegetables (e.g., celery, onions, peppers or bean sprouts) seasoned with ginger and garlic and soy sauce; served with rice; created in the United States and frequently served in Chinese restaurants there|
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"