Happy Family

Happy family is a popular Chinese stir fry dish which consists of colourful vegetables like broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms and carrots mixed cooked with different meats like beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, lobster and scallops served in flavourful brown gravy.  A really funny name to call a dish but it has its reason why it is named as such, I guess just by looking at the list of ingredients you can already tell why its named like that (mixing all of different stuff together to have a happy family, I am not sure if that even makes sense to you).

For Filipinos this might sound familiar as we have a similar dish called Chopseuy which I think is a trimmed down version of this dish.  A well balanced meal where in one plate you can have your meat and vegetables all you need to do is enjoy it with rice, noodles or even on its own.


100g pork belly, sliced
100g deboned chicken thighs
100g beef, sliced
1 cup small shrimps, peeled
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
1 carrot, sliced
12 pcs baby corn, cut lengthwise
1 cup button mushrooms
1 red capsicum, sliced
1 cup cooked bamboo shoots
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced
2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking soda
peanut oil

Ingredients (Brown Sauce)

2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 1/2 cup chicken stock mixed
1 tbsp of cornstarch
white pepper


1. In a mixing bowl mix together Chinese cooking wine, baking soda, cornstarch and salt.  Add the chicken, beef and pork and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
2. In a separate mixing bowl mix together all brown sauce ingredients then set aside.
3. In a pot add water then bring it to a boil, once boiling add broccoli then blanch for 30 to 45 seconds.  Drain then rinse with running tap water then set aside.
4. Prepare a really hot wok then add oil, sauté garlic and onions.
5. Add the carrot, baby corn, mushrooms, capsicum, bamboo shoots and salt stir fry for 2 minutes; add the broccoli and shrimps then stir fry for 30 more seconds.  Remove from wok then set aside.
6. Using the same wok add oil then cook chicken, beef and pork on really high heat while continuously stir frying, after 60 to 90 seconds your meat should be cooked and tender, do not overcook as the meat will be tough.
7. Toss the vegetable back together with the brown sauce which was prepared earlier then bring it to a boil, cook for 1 to 2 more minutes then serve with rice.

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23 thoughts on “Happy Family

  1. Nice dish! I’ve seen Happy Family on restaurant menus, but never quite knew what was in it. Nice assortment of tasty and colorful stuff! Looks wonderful – thanks so uch.

  2. Is Happy Family Chinese name and translated to English? I’ve never heard of it but what a cute name for a dish! :)

  3. Oh I love Happy Family and have ordered it many times when we have gone out for Chinese. Thanks for providing this wonderful recipe so I can make it at home! What a beautiful and delightful dish!

  4. I actually order Happy Family pork out all the time – I love all the veggies in it plus it never seems ‘greasy’ like other Chinese recipes sometimes seem (at least in the States). It’s so pretty in the bowl.

  5. You know I have never heard of this name, but sure it will make a family very Happy..
    We have chopsuey but that is using deep fried noodles topped with veg/non-veg sauce on top..
    But I am so loving this one… Need to make my family happy very soon..
    Hope you are doing good Raymund.. I know I have been MIA but trust me I keep coming n drooling over all the goodness here.

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