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japanese-style chop suey

  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 332 kcal
  • Total Time: 20 m
    • Prep: 10 m
    • Cook: 10 m
  • Japanese: Happousai
Japanese-Style Chop Suey


  • 2 ounces shrimps
  • 4 1/2 ounces thinly sliced pork or ham
  • 2 ounces green pepper
  • 3 ounces large carrot
  • 9 ounces napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage)
  • or cabbage
  • 2 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 boiled Japanese quail eggs (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon salad oil


  • 1/2 cup Chinese soup stock or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • a little salt
  • a little pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch (katakuriko)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
Step 1

step 1:

Hull shell and devein the shrimps. Wash them.

Step 2

step 2:

Cut the pork (or ham) into bite-size pieces.

Step 3

step 3:

Cut green pepper in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and cut into thin slices.

Step 4

step 4:

Cut the carrot in half. Slice as shown in the picture.

Step 5

step 5:

Cut the napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage) or cabbage into bite-size pieces.

Step 6

step 6:

Wipe the shiitake mushrooms with a wet paper towel. Cut off the stems and cut the caps into 4 pieces.

Step 7

step 7:

Heat the salad oil in a frying pan over a high flame. Sear the shrimps and pork (or ham). After they change color, add the vegetables and mushrooms. Sear for a couple of minutes.

Step 8

step 8:

Add the Chinese soup stock (or chicken broth) and soy sauce and stir. Add the salt, pepper, sugar and boiled Japanese quail eggs (optional).

Step 9

step 9:

Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute, While the mixture is simmering, dissolve the potato starch in the water. After 1 minute, add the dissolved potato starch to the pan and stir until the mixture becomes creamy.

Step 10

step 10:

If you like, add the sesame oil. Boil for one minute. Remove from the heat.



Happousai is a Japanese-style Chinese dish which is very popular in Chinese restaurants in Japan. It is very similar to chop suey (the American-style Chinese dish). It is healthy because it has many types of vegetables.