Vegetables in Chinese Brown Sauce - Just like the Takeaway!

Baby Pak choi, Bean-sprouts, Shiitaki mushrooms, Carrots and Spring onion cooked in a tasty Chinese style sauce.  After much experimenting, I think I've finally cracked the recipe!  This sauce tastes just like the sauce in the dish called 'Happy Families' you get from a Chinese takeaway. 

Chinese Vegetables

'Happy Families' is a dish that usually has a bit of everything in it, so there's something for everyone to like keeping the whole family happy!  So very simple to make and I'm thinking this has to be healthy and I can't see where the calories in this dish would be.   I suggest you serve with some nice egg fried rice - perfect.
It takes no time at all to prepare a few vegetables and mix a few things together for the sauce.  Then, heat up your wok or stir-fry pan and your ready to go.



To serve 2 you will need:
2 baby pak choi - sliced lengthways

2 fat carrots - sliced into 5mm slices

a handful of bean-sprouts

4 or 5 Shiitaki mushrooms - sliced

3 spring onions - sliced

1 inch ginger  - peeled and thinly sliced to make about 2 teaspoons

1 fat garlic clove - very finely chopped

2 glugs of groundnut (peanut) oil

To Make the Brown Sauce:
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 and a half teaspoons of fish sauce (Nam Pla - from any good supermarket in the Oriental grocery section)
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
a pinch of white pepper
150ml water
1/2 a tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 teaspoon sesame oil

How to do it:
Mix the brown sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat up your wok and add the groundnut or vegetable oil until it’s really hot.
Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for a few seconds.
Throw in the prepared vegetables and stir-fry for a minute.  
Give the sauce a quick stir and add it to the vegetables in the wok.
Continue to stir-fry until the sauce thickens a bit and by which time the vegetables should be perfectly cooked - not overcooked.

Vegetables in Sauce

Serve immediately with some nice egg-fried rice or whatever else you fancy.


  1. Loving this Jan. This is my kind of food. Healthy too! xxoo


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