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Entry from February 10, 2019
Happy Together (Chinese dish of shrimp and chicken)

"Happy Together” is a Chinese-American restaurant dish, perhaps inspired by the song “Happy Together” (1967) by the American rock band the Turtles. “HAPPY TOGETHER .. 8.95 Beef, prawns, pork and chicken sauteed in chef’s garlic sauce and surrounded by fresh broccoli” was printed in the Germantown (TN) News on March 28, 1985.

However, most Chinese-American menus define “Happy Together” as a combination of jumbo shrimp and chicken with assorted vegetables, served in a light brown sauce.

Similar Chinese combination dishes include “Double Wonders,” “Dragon and Phoenix,” “Three Musketeers,” “Triple Crown,” “Triple Delight,” “Triple Harvest,” “Four Precious Jewels,” “Four Seasons,” “Hawaii Four-O,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Happy Family.”

“Happy Family” and “Happy Together” are often printed on the same menu, but they are different dishes (as the citations below all show).


Wikipedia: Happy Together (song)
“Happy Together” is a song by American rock band the Turtles from their third studio album Happy Together (1967). The song was written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, former members of the Magicians. The song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to the Turtles, and the demo acetate was worn out.

28 March 1985, Germantown (TN) News, pg. 10B, col. 1 ad:
(Wang’s Mandarin House, 1183 Park Place Mall.—ed.)
HAPPY TOGETHER .. 8.95
Beef, prawns, pork and chicken sauteed in chef’s garlic sauce and surrounded by fresh broccoli

China Gourmet (Chicago, IL)
S15. Happy Family 9.95
One size only. Jumbo shrimp, beef and chicken with mixed vegetables in brown sauce.
(...)
S22. Happy Together 9.95
Jumbo shrimp and chicken mixed with assorted vegetables in light sauce.

Choi’s Chinese Restaurant (Chicago, IL)
Happy Family 8.95
Happy Together 8.55

Hoy’s Chinese Restaurant (Bensonville, IL)
Happy Family ... 10.79
Jumbo shrimp, beef and chicken with mixed vegetables in brown sauce.
(...)
Happy Together ... 10.79
Fresh shrimp and chicken mixed with assorted vegetables.

New China Hut (Aurora, IL)
Happy Family
A symbol for family togetherness, mixed w/ barbecued pork bee, chicken, shrimp & scallops sauteed w/ mix vegetable in fine chef sauce
Size
Small N/a Large 10.65
(...)
Happy Together
Combination of shrimp & chicken w/ mix vegetable in left sauce
Size
Small N/a Large 9.55

Seven Luck Chinese Restaurant (Schaumburg, IL)
Happy Family
11.95
A symbole for family togetherness, mixed with barbecued pork, beef, chicken, shrimp and scallops sauteed with mixed vegetables in fine chef sauce
(...)
Happy Together
9.85
Combination of shrimp and chicken with mixed vegetables in light sauce

Tasty House (Oak Park, IL)
S15. Happy Family
Jumbo shrimp, beef and chicken w. mixed vegetables in brown sauce
$11.50
(...)
S19. Happy Together
Fresh shrimp & chicken mixed w. assorted vegetables in light sauce
$11.10

Yu’s Kitchen Chinese Restaurant (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Happy Together 6.75
(...)
happy Family 7.25

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, February 10, 2019 • Permalink