Thursday, 14 August 2008

Chow Mein and Chop Suey


What could symbolize Chinese cooking more than chop suey and chow mein? Even people who steer away from more exotic Asian fare have enjoyed these two dishes at one time or another.

What goes into making these two popular restaurant dishes? Both are stir-fries; while chop suey consists of vegetables and meat with a gravy, chow mein is fried noodle dish. Chow mein noodles are normally made with wheat flour, egg and water – the noodles can be softer or crisper, depending on how long they are fried. Italian pastas such as fettucini or linguine make a good substitute if you don't have Chinese egg noodles on hand. Both chow mein and chop suey normally contain chicken or meat, although there are also seafood and vegetarian versions.

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