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San Choy Bau



San Choy Bau is so easy to make. And it’s always time for a fantastic, quick & healthy recipe. Fabulous dinner idea!


A friend of ours just posted this on her site..( Check it out!), & it’s so fantastic I thought there was no point in reproducing this easy, tasty recipe in any form, so we are just forwarding it on to you in it’s glory right here. Enjoy!!


San Choy Bau is so easy to make. And when I say easy, I mean really easy!! For example, tonight we had a power outage that lasted about an hour and a half.. In that time I was still able to prepare and make dinner and feed my family under torch light – I must also give credit to my gas stove, for without this would not have been possible – so thank-you little gas stove, you are wonderful.

Now, let’s get on with it:

– 500g of lean pork mince (you could use chicken or beef, but I find pork mince carries flavour well without itself being overpowering)
– 2 lengths of spring onions, chopped up finely
– 2-3cm piece of ginger, grated
– 1 large clove of garlic, crushed
– 2 tablespoons of  ABC kecap manis sauce
– 2 tablespoons of a good quality oyster sauce
– 2 teaspoons of salt-reduced soy sauce
– 3-4 dried chinese mushrooms, soaked in water, and drained – chopped finely
– 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
– 1 pinch of five spice
– 1 cup of bean sprouts, washed and drained well
– 2 long red chillies, sliced finely (seeds removed if you don’t want heat)
– corriander (for garnishing)
– 1 iceberg lettuce, leaves removed very carefully – to form cups or bowls, washed and drained well
– 1 lime, cut into wedges
– rice bran oil

1. Heat a wok or frying pan until really hot. Quickly saute garlic and ginger until fragrant. Chuck in your pork mince and stir fry, breaking the mince up as you go. I am a big one for uniformity, I hate lumps in mince, drives me insane.. Each to their own though I guess. If you do like it lumpy then leave it lumpy.
2. Add the five spice, oyster sauce, kecap manis and soy sauce. Stir well, and reduce the heat to low – reducing the sauce by half. Throw in your mushrooms too :D Simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat, stir in the sesame oil and spring onions, making sure all of it covered in the glossy sauce.
4. Take a lettuce cup, place two spoonfuls of meat mix inside, add some bean sprouts, sprinkle with fresh chilli, some coriander leaves and some more chopped spring onion – if you have some spare on hand + add the juice of a wedge of lime. Wrap it up and devour!!!!!!!!!

pork san choy bau
Serves 2+ – alternatively if you want this meal to feed more (say..4) serve up on top of a bowl of rice, and top with shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, chilli, more spring onions and coriander. Viola! Oh and this meal is very kid friendly (minus the chilli), my one year old loooooooooved it!

pork san choy bau

Thank you Miss Lolly….you rock!

  1. This looks so delicious! I must try it soon 🙂

    • Thanks Kama…it’s so crisp & healthy,quick & easy. Ticks all the boxes I reckon :)) xx

  2. Looks so yummy and I know my son will eat it as he loves the lettuce. Have to try to make it myself. 🙂

    • Yummmmm, seems like most kids love it. They can even help assemble it often, & of course it tastes so much better then :))

  3. That looks scrumptious…and easy!

    • Oh Di you really won’t be disappointed! And you can make it over & over, with your own spin. Great for assembling at picnics too! Enjoy…xx

  4. Wow, this is something I love but I’ve never made it at home before. I’m definitely going to be making this one.

    • Good on you Maureen…it really is delish! And the thing is, you can wing it with your favourite add-ons or substitutes once you’ve done it a couple of times. Enjoy!

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