American Chopsuey

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Despite the name, American chopsuey is a fusion oriental dish popular in Chinese restaurants across Pakistan. The bottom layer of the recipe consists of boiled noodles which are shallow or deep fried to create a chopsuey nest. It is topped with a Chinese style chicken and vegetable gravy, and finally the dish is garnished with a fried egg.

Ingredients:

For The Chopsuey Topping

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 300 grams boneless chicken, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • ½ cup carrot, julienne
  • ½ cup capsicum, sliced
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 – 2 teaspoon cornflour, dissolved in water

For the Crispy Noodles

  • 4 cups boiled egg noodles
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • 2 eggs, for garnish

Method:

For the Chopsuey Topping

  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add sliced garlic and saute till light golden.
  2. Add chicken and cook on medium flame till chicken changes color from pink to white.
  3. Add the onions, followed by sliced onions, capsicum and carrots. Saute on medium flame for 3 – 4 minutes.
  4. Add tomato ketchup, salt, red chili flakes, red chili powder, and water.
  5. Cook on medium flame till mixture comes to a boil.
  6. Dissolve cornflour in water, and then add to the chicken mixture.
  7. The sauce will thicken as you keep stirring. Taste and adjust seasonings if required.
  8. Keep aside.

For the Crispy Noodles

  1. Heat oil in a deep non-stick frying pan.
  2. Use a pasta spoon to add 2 cups of boiled noodles in the oil, and spread it evenly to form a layer.
  3. Fry on low-medium heat till crispy on one side.
  4. Flip it over, and fry on the other end.
  5. Remove and drain on a kitchen towel.
  6. Repeat this step to make two chopsuey nests.
  7. Take a large platter and put one chopsuey nest. Top with the chicken and vegetable gravy. Garnish with a fried egg and red chili flakes.

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