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Recipe Category: Starters » Entrees

San Choy Bow

Crisp lettuce cups filled with tasty pork or chicken and crunchy water chestnuts is a Chinese favourite.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • 8 lettuce cups* (1 iceberg lettuce)
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 200g can water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 500g pork or chicken mince**
  • crushed peanuts, for garnish, optional
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1/4 cup oyster or hoisin sauce**
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

Remove any outer dark leaves and the core from an iceberg lettuce, and run it under the tap, filling the hole where the core was removed with running water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then gently peel away the leaves. Use scissors to trim the edges and neaten into cup shapes. The central leaves will be smaller, forming neater cups.

Finely chop spring onions, reserving some for garnish. Finely dice carrot by cutting into matchstick strips and then slicing. Chop water chestnuts. Heat oil in a wok and stir fry spring onions, garlic and ginger until softened. Add mince and carrots and stir fry until mince is just cooked. Stir in Sauce mixture and bring to the boil, until thickened. Portion into lettuce cups, garnish with spring onion and peanuts (if using). Serve immediately.


Substitute 500g finely diced mushrooms for mince and use hoisin sauce (made from soy beans) rather than oyster sauce.

Recipe Type: Asian

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 07/09/2020