As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.
Chop Suey (Sap Suy)
In the Philippines, this dish is known as sap suy or chap suy. Like the Americanized version, it is a dish of stir-fried meat and vegetables. The Filipino version, however, includes some interesting additions, like quail eggs, chicken liver, and chicken gizzards. It also typically incorporates not just one type of meat, but a variety of meats such as chicken, pork, and prawns. Lastly, no authentic Filipino dish is complete without using MSG to add that distinctive umami (savory) flavor. Of course, you can omit the MSG if you wish, but it just wouldn't taste the same without it.
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- 1/2 head cabbage, chopped into squares
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into squares
- 1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped
- 1/2 cup fully cooked frozen prawns
- 1/2 cup chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup pork shoulder, cut into cubes
- 1 (15-ounce) can quail eggs, drained
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into rounds
- 1 onion, sliced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chicken livers
- 1/2 cup chicken gizzards
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups canned chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon ajinomoto MSG
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- In a pot, saute the garlic and onions in oil over medium heat until brown.
- Add all the raw meats and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, and MSG into the pot and boil for 15 minutes.
- Add the vegetables, cooked frozen prawns, and canned quail eggs. Boil for another 4 minutes.
- Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup water and pour into the pot to thicken the sauce.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- If you prefer to use just one type of meat in this dish, you may do so.
- Instead of soy sauce, you can substitute oyster sauce or fish sauce.
- Add different types of vegetables, per your preference.
- Omit the MSG if desired.
- Instead of canned chicken broth, you can use Knorr brand chicken boullion cubes. Just follow the package directions.