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Video:How to Make Beef Chop Suey

with Jen D'Amore

Beef Chop Suey is often found on Chinese food take out menus, but you can make it at home almost as easily as placing an order. Watch how to make Beef Chop Suey yourself before ordering out.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Beef Chop Suey

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com, and this video is all about how to make beef chop suey using Rhonda Parkinson's recipe from About.com's Chinese food site.

To Marinate the Beef Chop Suey, You'll Need:

  • 1 pound beef cut it into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 piece (under 1 teaspoon) cornstarch
Add seasonings, adding the cornstarch last and marinate for 10 - 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables and sauce.

For the Chop Suey Sauce, You'll Need:

  • 4 tablespoons water or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Whisk these together and set it aside. Now chop your vegetables, slicing on the diagonal
  • 2 small bunches bok choy (can substitute broccoli if desired)
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots, rinsed
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, washed and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts (fresh if possible)
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 pound snow peas (optional)
  • Oil for stir-frying

Prepare the Beef Chop Suey in a Wok or Stir-Fry in a Skillet

Place the vegetables on a large tray, being careful to keep each group separate (include the bok choy stalks and leaves), and set aside. Heat wok and add oil. When oil is ready, add the beef. Stir-fry until the redness is gone. Remove and set aside.Reheat wok and add more oil. When oil is ready, stir-fry each of the vegetables in separate batches. The order doesn't matter, but you can stir-fry the onions and celery together, (you could also cook these with the beef), and the green pepper and snow peas together.  When cooking the bok choy, add the stalk first, and add water and cover wok while cooking since it doesn't contain much moisture.If needed you can add salt to taste as desired while stir-frying each group of vegetables, or more oil.Give the sauce a quick re-stir. Add oil to the hot wok and combine all the cooked ingredients in the wok. Make a "well" in the center and gradually add the sauce, stirring to thicken. Once it has boiled, remove the chop suey from the stove and serve hot.

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