(Norsk oppskrift: Chow-chow, retromat )

Do you remember the popular stew Chow-Chow from the 70s and 80s? Probably not, as I do believe this is a Norwegian thing. The Chow Chow you remember, might be a an English relish? This recpe is not a relish, so if that is what you are looking for then I’m sorry that I can’t oblige. I can however, share with you a recipe for a retro stew, often served with sliced banana, cucumber, and peanuts on the side.

(And no, no hairy dogs with blue tongue is being cooked and served in my kitchen. You might want to specify that on your dinner invitation… I have no idea where the name comes from.)

Gluten FreeEthnicVegetarianSuggested PairingsBudget FriendlyAlways Health Conscious

Chow-Chow Stew

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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An exciting and flavorful Retro Family Dinner.


  • 600g pork
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons curry (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 dl liquid (from the mushrooms can, pineapple can and water)
  • 1 can diced mushrooms
  • 1 can of pineapple in chunks
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 100 milliliter cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


Cut the meat into strips and chop the onion. Brown quickly small portions of meat in the butter in a pan. Boil the pan with a bit of liquid between every round of browning and pour it into a pot.

Brown the onion and add to the pot. Season with curry, salt and pepper and the rest of the liquid (not the cream). Simmer under lid for about 30 minutes, until the pork is tender.

Add the mushrooms, pineapple, bell pepper, celery, tomato puree, soya sauce and the corn starch that you have stirred out in the cream.  Bring to the boil.  Season with salt, pepper, and curry.

Serve with rice, sliced banana, pickles, peanuts and a green salad or steamed vegetable if you prefer.

7 thoughts on “Chow-Chow Stew

  1. Waaaaaaaaaaaaait a second. Your recipe says “Cut the meat into cubes”, but the picture shows them CUT INTO STRIPS. J’accuse! How dare you, madame.

    Otherwise, woot woot! Looks good 🙂 (And chow-chow was a regular feature of my youth. The pickled version AND the dog. Although not usually together. Usually.)

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  2. Not usually a hot dog, no. He wouldn’t stand still long enough.

    As chow-chow was originally a British concoction, (I believe – one of the many culinary byproducts of their colonizing years) my British paternal grandmother would occasionally whip up a batch to be served with various meals, especially at holidays. 🙂

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