Woolworth'S Lunch Counter Chop Suey Chow Mein

Woolworth’S Lunch Counter Chop Suey Chow Mein
(Circa 1950)

Yield: 4 Servings


1 tb lard or crisco shortening
1 1/2 lb pork; cut in 1/2" cubes
1 lg spanish onion; diced
3 c chopped celery
3 tb soy sauce; regular strength
2 tb molasses
liquid drained from canned
from canned mushrooms; (1
-cup total)
8 oz canned mushrooms
16 oz canned Oriental Vegetables
1 Stick y steamed white rice
Fried chow mein noodles
soy sauce


Heat shortening in cooker. Dust meat lightly with seasoned flour. Brown
meat in batches in hot, smoky oil. Add onion, celery, soy, molasses, and
liquids from canned vegetables. Cover. Set rocker (pot only had one
pressure setting). Heat until you get a steady rocking and cook 10
Cool of its own accord.
Stir in vegetables and heat through.
Serve: chow mein noodles on bottom; 2 scoops of rice; 1 ladleful of chop
suey; extra soy sauce. (And they always brought catsup.)