San Choy Bow

san choy bow

Here’s a San Choy Bow recipe that is quicker to whip up than ordering takeaway from your favourite Chinese restaurant! It’s so delicious and quite healthy too! Chinese lettuce wraps for dinner every night yo! 

Continuing with my love for street food, today I have for you a popular Chinese recipe – San Choy Bow (Chinese lettuce wraps). Slightly caramelised fried meat with chili, herbs, mushrooms in lettuce cups, what’s not to love? It’s low carb so you know your hips will be thanking you.

I like making these when I have friends over or when I don’t want to dish out too much money only to get two servings at a restaurant. C’mon, what’s up with that?! A growing girl needs her protein, mate! If you have the ingredients in hand, it’s a quick mid-week dinner idea. And if you’re living alone like me, you can eat it all with no guilt whatsoever. You can also pack it for lunch, with the lettuce leaves in a separate container, and be the envy of your workmates with your restaurant style san choy bow. You could share if you feel generous, but it’s only a suggestion.

I’ve made this version with beef mince, but you could use chicken mince or pieces, lamb, or keep it vegetarian with lots of mushrooms! They all taste superb. Anything in lettuce cups tastes amazing in my humble opinion.

I’ve made these so many times I think I can get them done in 10 minutes tops. That’s quicker than home delivery, people! I hope I’ve given you enough reason to jump on the San choy bow wagon! Hope you give these a try and leave a comment below once you have! Enjoy!

San choy bow
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

San choy bow is a popular Chinese recipe served in lettuce cups. It's a quick recipe that can be enjoyed mid-week or with friends. This recipe is kosher. 

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 500 grams minced beef (or chicken mince)
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 cm knob peeled ginger chopped
  • 4 mushrooms chopped
  • 3 water chestnuts chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 red chilli sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 spring onions chopped (green parts only)
  • 1 tbsp corn flour dissolved in 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp coriander chopped (optional)
  • 8-10 lettuce cups iceberg works best
  • extra sesame seeds for garnish
Dipping sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  1. Heat oil, add garlic and onion. Saute till translucent.

  2. Add the mince. Brown the meat 2-3 minutes on high heat.

  3. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger, mushrooms, chestnuts, stir well.

  4. Add chilli, sesame seeds, spring onions and coriander. 

  5. Thicken with dissolved cornflour. 

  6. Serve immediately in lettuce cups, garnish with sesame seeds. 

Dipping sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve.


Watch how to make San Choy Bow

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