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The Visit of the Ambassador of China, 1896
Americans were excited about the visit of the Ambassador of China in 1896

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Chop Suey Was Invented, Fact or Fiction?
August 29, 1896

Whether or not the tale is entirely true, Li Hung Chang definitely influenced the creation of chop suey. When Li visited the U.S. in August 1896, cheering Americans lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of this important visitor and his famous yellow jacket. Children decorated their bicycles with yellow streamers to catch the ambassador's attention. As the guest of honor at grand feasts and elegant banquets, Li declined the fancy food and champagne that was offered to him and ate only meals specially prepared by his personal chefs. In reality, chop suey was probably not invented by Li Hung Chang's chefs, but America's fascination with this royal visitor from Asia and his team of personal chefs gave rise to new interest in Chinese cooking.
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