Veg American Chopsuey has always been one of my favorite dishes since my college days in Goa. I suddenly started missing it a lot, may be bcoz I have not had it after I moved to Chennai, as far as 3 years back :( For some reasons I have not found this dish in Chennai’s Menu card.
Anyways, I decided to give American Chopsuey a try. I tried to Google for the recipe but they seemed very different from the ones I loved in Goa. So I decided to go by my instinct and try to make it from whatever I remembered of it. So I do not know how authentic this recipe is :)
Incidentally I have also come across a lil different (In fact very different) recipe for Hakka Noodles in a small restaurant here, Noodles floating in Milk puddle. When the waiter had placed our order on the table, we were shocked to say the least and thought he had a mistake in taking down the order. Later we were told, that slimy dish on our table was in fact our Hakka Noodles (:sigh).
Since then every time before ordering it, I ask them for the preparation of it.
100 gm Noodles
Water to Boil
1/2 T Salt
1 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 T Corn flour
2 T Sugar
1 tsp Salt
250 ml Water
1. Boil the water in a vessel and add salt to it.
2. Add the noodles. Boil it till al dente (little kachcha). Do not over cook it. This should take 2-3 mins only.
3. Strain the noodles and wash it under running water. Sprinkle 1 tsp Oil over it to protect them from sticking to each other. Let them to cool.
4. For the sauce heat oil in a pan. Add black pepper, sugar, salt and the diced tomatoes. Cook for a min and add water to it. Make cornflour paste by adding 3 T water in it. After a boil, sim the gas and continue stirring as you add the corn flour. Cook for another 2 mins and the sauce is ready.
5. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the noodles till crisp. Remove it on a paper towel.
6. Once you are done place some of the fried noodle on each plate and press it against the plate, leading to the crumbling of the noodles a little bit, just for the ease while eating. Do not over do it, else you will land up with tiny bits of noodles.
Once done, heat the sauce a little and generously sprinkle it over the served noodles.
I liked it and was simple to make as well. But I would like to try the other ways of making it also. How do you make your chopsuey?