Quick San Choy Bau


It was the lovely young Richard's turn to choose dinner tonight - and much to our delight he picked San Choy Bau. The heat of the deceptively delicious pork flavoured with ginger, garlic, soy, chilli and sesame works perfectly with the sweet carrot, fresh spring onion and salty peanuts all wrapped up in crunchy iceberg lettuce - yum Rich, good choice! We totally justified the health benefits of this meal - big on protein and zero carbs with a bit of metabolism-boosting chilli! (I think that means ice-cream for dessert...)

2 tbsp rice bran or vegetable oil
1 small brown onion, finely diced
1.2 kg pork mince
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 small red chillis, deseeded and finely chopped
3 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp ketjap manis
1 tsp sesame oil
1 210g can water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
4 tbsp rice wine

3 spring onions, finely sliced

To serve:
2 carrots, peeled and shredded or grated
1/2 cup salted, roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
1 spring onion, finely sliced
2 small iceberg lettuces (or 4 Cos), soaked in chilled water and 
broken into leaf 'cups'
2 cups bean sprouts

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook onion over a gentle heat for 5 minutes until softened, turn heat up to medium and add pork. Cook for 5 minutes, breaking pork up with a wooden spoon so that you have no big clumps. Add ginger, chilli, oyster and soy sauce, ketjap manis, and sesame oil. Cook, stirring frequently over a medium heat until pork is cooked through, for  about 10-12 minutes. Add water chestnuts and rice wine and cook a further 5 minutes. Just before serving stir through spring onions. Serve at the table, with carrot, peanuts, bean sprouts and extra spring onions. Spoon into iceberg lettuce leaves and roll up to eat - yum! Serves 4 hungry beasts or 6 modest nibblers.


  1. So happy to have found your blog and so many delicious recipes I'd love to try, including this one, which SO reminds me of my childhood, I can't wait to give it a go. The photography on your blog is just stunning too btw.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate it, and I hope you enjoy the San Choy Bau!!! :)

  2. I can't even remember how I stumbled upon your blog but it is FANTASTIC!!!!! I am so excited to try so many of your recipes including this one! Just amazing - my compliments!

    1. Wow - thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them :)

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