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San choy Bau

San Choy Bau has a combination of pork and hidden vegetables, this little gem is the perfect dish for fussy eaters.

San Choy Bau

San Choy Bau or San Chow Boy Maybe it’s San Chow Boi , perhaps it’s even Sang Choi Bow, let’s go another with Sang Choy Bao– which is the correct spelling? I don’t know to be honest. It doesn’t look like Google is entirely sure either! So many ways to spell this simple and delicious dish.

In my days as a childcare chef I had this on the menu, another favourite that the kids absolutely loved and I wasn’t allowed to take it off the monthly menu even when the seasons changed. I remember back then trying to look up the origins and the correct way to spell this dish. I found there was 18 different ways to spell San Choy Bau and the origins were not exactly clear. I did read that this dish has Cantonese origins. In Cantonese, the words ‘Sang Choi’ translate as lettuce and the word ‘Bao’ means to wrap.

The recipe I am sharing today is the same recipe I used at childcare (minus the peanuts & Chilli Oil). This way, if you have children at home, it’s easy to hide the vegetables and it is also fun for them to spoon the meat into the lettuce leaf to eat. You can make this with many different meats including chicken, turkey, beef or if you’re game, even duck!

Let’s Make San Choy Bau ..

First, get your ingredients together. You will need pork mince (or any other mince you choose) Olive oil, Hov’s Kitchens Chilli Oil. 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 zucchini. 4 garlic cloves, lime juice, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, Vermicelli Rice Noodles and some baby gem lettuce or cos lettuce. Also some crushed salted peanuts.

In the processor add the onion, garlic, carrot and zucchini and whizz until combined. Cook the Rice Noodles according to the packet directions. In a large saucepan add the oil & Hov’s Kitchens Chilli Oil on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the minced veggies to the hot pan and sauté for a few minutes until the vegetables soften.

Once the vegetables have softened, add the pork mince (or beef/chicken/turkey). Cook on medium heat until the pork has almost cooked through. Add the fish sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and soy sauce. Stir thoroughly through and then add the lime juice. Let everything cook for another 5 minutes. Taste test.

Wash the cos lettuce leaves and let dry. Then add to a plate and top with the cooked mixture. Top the mixture with rice noodles and crushed peanuts. You can also top with some chopped spring onion too.

It’s also best to cut the cooked rice noodles with some scissors, especially if the kids are eating this. Otherwise, the noodles are long and can get really messy.

San Choy Bau

Packed with hidden veggies, this different take on a classic dish is one the kids will love.
Course dinner, entree, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword chilli oil, easy dinners, mince
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Hov's Kitchens Chilli Oil
  • 500 g pork Mince or chicken/beef/turkey mince
  • 1 onion Chopped finely
  • 1 Carrot Peeled and chopped finely
  • 1 Zucchini Chopped finely
  • 4 Garlic cloves Minced
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 pk Vermicelli Rice Noodles
  • 3 Baby Cos Lettuce
  • ½ cup Roasted peanuts crushed

Instructions

  • In the processor add the onion, garlic, carrot and zucchini and whizz until combined.
  • Cook the Rice Noodles according to the packet directions
  • In a large saucepan add the oil & Hov's Kitchens Chilli Oil on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the minced veggies to the hot pan and saute for a few minutes until the vegetables soften.
  • Once the vegetables have softened, add the pork mince (or beef/chicken/turkey). Cook on medium heat until the pork has almost cooked through.
  • Add the fish sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce and soy sauce. Stir thoroughly through and then add the lime juice. Let everything cook for another 5 minutes. Taste test.
  • Wash the cos lettuce leaves and let dry. Then add to a plate and top with the cooked mixture. Top the mixture with rice noodles and crushed peanuts.
  • You can also add water chestnuts & chopped spring onions too.
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