Guest Post : Chop Suey by Jhuls of The not so creative cook
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Jhuls! Jhuls! Jhuls! She doesn’t need an introduction. Does she ? Bubbly, cheerful, happy, naughty, talkative, and super creative blogger! More so a fantastic person and a dear friend :). She blogs from The not so creative cook. Don’t get fooled by her blog’s title. She is one mighty cook and a creative one too :D. I love her Tricky Tuesdays, where she talks about different kitchen tricks, cheat sheets, short cuts and common mistakes that can be taken care of. So so so informative. Another of her series is Introducing New Bloggers, where she introduces new bloggers every week to her community. That needs a big heart and lot of reading to introduce new people without fail. Hats off to you for that Jhuls :).
I just adore her. The moment I asked her to do a guest post for me, I think she fainted out of pressure ;)…lol ! A carnivore suddenly goes weak because of no meat on her plate ;)… Lol! Sorry Jhuls, I am laughing. Whenever we interacted after that, she wouldn’t forget to mention that “she was working on the post” and then I realized that it wasn’t fair on my part but what did I know? Awwww, Jhuls, sorry darling but a big hug to you for this fantastic post :).
Now off to Jhuls, as she says it !
It is such an honor to do this guest post on your wonderful blog simplyvegetarian777, Sonal.
Sonal creates such wonderful meals and she is beautiful inside and out. She always leaves you comments that will keep your day brighter. She inspires many of us by her encouraging words and healthy meals.
I am so happy to be doing this post today. And guess what? This is my first guest post. Since the day Sonal talked to me about doing a guest post, I never stopped thinking of what to make for her lovely blog. NO, I did not (literally) dream of what to make. But as soon as I wake up, I always ask myself ‘Okay, what to make for Sonal?’. The first choice did not work, so I had to move to the next. But I skipped and moved to the third one. Well, the third one was perfect. The photos were not. (Maybe, I will have the chance to post them in the future.)
Anyway, let’s forget about the unsuccessful attempts and photo shoot as I present you this – CHOP SUEY. First, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to my friend who suggested this meal. If Sonal bugged me on my guest post, I am also bugging my friend for suggestions. 😀 I kept on telling her what I want to make and I also tell her that those were not worth to be posted (because they did not turn into what I expected of them). So this was her first suggestion and I wanted to hug her for that. Ahh! Brilliant idea for a vegetarian blog, I said. 😀 She even asked me to cook this for the longest time, but I don’t know why I haven’t done it.
Now, about this meal… CHOP SUEY is a common food in the Philippines. From the start, I thought it’s 100% Philippine dish. I just found out from my dear friend, Google, that CHOP SUEY is an American-Chinese dish which literally means ‘assorted pieces’ (in Chinese). This dish can be a complete vegetarian, or one can simply add choice of meat. But since this is for my lovely friend, Sonal, I decided to omit the chicken from the recipe and I believe this is 99% (if not 100%) vegetarian. I am not a vegetarian, so I don’t know how does complete vegetarian meal goes.
CHOP SUEY RECIPE
½ cup broccoli florets
½ cup cauliflower florets
½ cup cabbage, chopped
½ cup carrots, sliced
½ cup baby corn
½ cup snow peas
½ cup green bell pepper, sliced
½ cup red bell peppers, sliced
2-3 cups vegetable stock
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp pepper
Salt, to taste
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water
*2-3 pieces vegetable cubes dissolved in 2-3 cups water can be used in replacement of 2-3 cups vegetable stock. If you are a ‘saucy’ person, you can make it 3 cups, adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper), but make sure not to add too much soy sauce (if using soy sauce) |
- Sauté garlic and onion in hot oil. Add all veggies except the bell peppers and cook until tender (about five minutes).
Note: If using baby carrots, cook them before the other veggies as baby carrots need longer time to cook.
Also, add the vegetable stock and soy sauce in this step.
Add the bell peppers and cornstarch slurry (2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water). Turn off the heat when the sauce has thickened.
Season with salt and pepper. (I didn’t find the 2 tsp of black pepper that spicy, so you may add more or less.)
Serve with white rice.
Again, thank you so much, Sonal. I hope you and your vegetarian friends enjoy this meal. ‘Till next guest post? 😀
I hope you guys had fun meeting my bubbly friend Jhuls. Let us know of you try it :). I surely going to try it soon :).
Wonderful guest post, Jhuls and a wonderful intro, Sonal! Jhuls, you are just one of the most caring people I know – who else would wake up every day thinking about not letting their friends down and trying recipe after recipe until they found the perfect one? You are such a treasure, naughtiness and all!! Your Chop Suey looks so delicious and perfectly cooked too! Thanks for sharing this with the Fiesta Friday crowd – there will not be a speck left from what I have seen of the helpings that are being taken by everyone! xx
So you think I am naughty, too, Selma? 😀 Ok, I will not disagree!
Thank you so much for this wonderful and heart-warming words. If you only knew how happy I was when I made this vegetarian dish – it’s like seeing a bunch of marshmallows. 😀
Marshmallows = chopsuey for Jhuls :0….. 😉
It looks so yummy, Jhuls. 🙂
:). It does 🙂
Thank you, Jayeeta. <3
Such a lovely post 🙂
Lovely post… 🙂
Thank you so much. 🙂
Such a lovely post, Sonal & Jhuls! Jhuls has a knack for making us laugh along with her. The chop suey looks delicious 😀
Thanks Naina 🙂
Thanks darling :).
That she is and I love her so very much :).
Lovely post, love to you both xx
Thanks Elaine :). I had fun working with Jhuls :).
You’re both lovely x
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Thank you so much, Nimmi. <3
Thank you so much for your kind words, Sonal. And thank you so much for inviting me to do a guest post. Yes, I almost fainted. 😀 It’s okay! At least I have proved myself that I can cook something vegetarian, thanks to you! <3 I wouldn't mind making another vegetarian dish. 😀
I am already keeping you in for the next one ;). Don’t faint this time :). Go ahead and post it on your blog with recipe link here :).
I will post this on my blog on FF24, Sonal, as I have not took photos of the dishes I cooked. I meant, I did take photos but not as good as this. 🙂
Amazing guest post..it looks yummy
Thank you so much. Have a great day. <3
You too have a great day:)
Thanks Vidya :).
Such a beautiful post you two! And what a great recipe, Jhuls. Those pictures are so inviting- we’re coming over!
Come and dig in. 😉 Thanks for being here.
Only if I have left anything for you guys;). Jhuls, check in your platter, any leftover?
Great post, Sonal and Jhuls! I love it!
Thank you, Patty & Bailey. 😛
Wonderful recipe that Jhuls made for you Sonal! Both you and she had me laughing! 🙂
I think I always make you laugh, Lori. Thank you so much. <3
One of the things I enjoy so much about you my friend! 🙂
Jhuls, aha…so it’s just not me who finds you full of fun :).
Lori, Jhuls knows how to make you smile :).
Great guest post and Jhuls thank you for explaining what chop suey is, I never asked your friend google but did wonder. It looks delicious, I remember it was my Dad’s favorite Asian meal. The photo’s are gorgeous.
Ha! And you know now that Google is my BFF. 😀 Thank you, Suzanne! <3
The photos are gorgeous and a great share indeed :).