Happy Family Stir-Fry

Happy Family Stir-Fry

Happy Family is dish in American-Chinese cuisine, the premise behind the unique name is that every ingredient can co-exist in culinary harmony despite their differences. This one-pot meal contains all the proteins and nutrients you need for a balanced meal and is paired with steamed rice.

Happy Family Stir-Fry

Given the huge quantity of ingredients, it’s not expected to have everything in your pantry unless you specifically shop for it, so feel free to mix and match and omit if needed. The only thing you need to really stick to are the aromatics and the brown sauce, which is the base flavor for the entire dish.

Happy Family Stir-Fry

You can find most of the ingredients in regular grocery stores, with water chestnuts and baby corn in the ethnic aisle. Straw mushrooms can be found in your local Asian grocery store but again, you can substitute it with shiitake or any other mushrooms you have at hand.

Happy Family Stir-Fry

Happy Family Stir-Fry

Happy Family Stir-Fry

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 4 1x



  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 lb. beef, sliced thinly
  • 6 large prawns, shelled with tail on
  • 1/2 cup scallops


  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup straw mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts
  • 1 cup baby corn
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup green, yellow, red bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced


  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons thin soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons thick soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. Mix together the sauce ingredients except for the cornstarch slurry
  2. Over medium high heat, saute the garlic and ginger until fragrant
  3. Toss in the beef, chicken, prawns and scallops and stir-fry until the beef is browned, chicken is no longer pink and prawns turn pink
  4. Toss in the vegetables, leaving out the broccoli and green onions, and sttir to combine, stir-frying for 2 minutes
  5. Pour in the sauce mixture and toss, mixing thoroughly
  6. Pour in cornstarch slurry and simmer until the sauce thickens
  7. Toss in the broccoli and green onions and stir-fry for 1 minute
  8. Remove from heat and add sesame oil and pepper, mixing well
  9. Dish and serve hot


Inspired by Pearl of the Orient Restaurant



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  • Reply
    Navaneetham Krishnan
    September 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Lots of flavors and lots of texture. I love such a dish, the one pot which is complete and its a joy with a bowl of rice.

  • Reply
    December 30, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Family was very happy with this Happy Family Dish!

  • Reply
    October 21, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    I made this exactly as the recipe called for and it was PERFECT! It reminded me of the Chinese food we have in the Northeast! Great job!

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