Light and easy san choy bow recipe

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San choy bow is also known as sang choi bau – a yummy, quick dish that originated from Guangzhou, China. Regardless of what you call it, it’s a quick, easy and delicious dinner. For kids who are yet to discover the fun of dinner in a lettuce cup, I give you this building block recipe.




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  • Prep time : 15 mins
  • Cooking time : 15 mins

San choy bow ingredients

  • lettuce leaves (butter lettuce or iceberg)
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp tamari (light soy sauce)
  • 3 green spring onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • a few drops of sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 cup of beansprouts
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • ¼ – ½ red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup peanuts, chopped


  • Prepare your lettuce cups. For the record, I find butter lettuce easier to work with than a tight iceberg, but go with what your kids will eat! If your lettuce leaves are huge, trim them with clean scissors.
  • Heat a wok over high heat until hot. Add the oil and swish it around the wok to coat. Add the mince, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for a few minutes, breaking up the mince until it just starts to brown.
  • Combine the kecap manis and tamari in a small bowl. Add the mixed sauce to the wok along with the spring onions, lime juice and sesame oil (if using). Stir fry until heated through.
  • Stir in beansprouts and coriander.
  • Spoon the mixture into the lettuce leaves. Top with peanuts. Here’s also an opportunity for a touch of extra vegetables – add extra grated carrot, capsicum or coriander if you dare! Serve.


  • San choy bow really does lend itself to lots of different flavours. Use pork, chicken or beef mince and add your kids’ favourite vegetables.
  • Celery is fantastic for extra crunch, and for spicing it up, go ahead and add a touch of lemongrass or chilli.

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