San Choi Bao

… Or is it San Choy Bau? Bow? I’m sorry. I googled for like 10 minutes and could not find the answer. Maybe both? We could also call them lettuce cups if we wanted to keep it simple.

Whatever you call them they are:

Delicious. Refreshing. Crispy. Quick. Easy

and I am OBSESSED right now.

Plus a lemon that I forgot until the last minute and had to run into the garden to get


  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Oil
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 150g Medium Tofu, cubed
  • 1 Carrot, julliened
  • 1/4 cup Water Chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup Bamboo Shoots
  • 4 Baby Corn
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp Tamari (regular soy sauce will do if you’re desperate)
  • 2 Tbsp Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp toasted Pine Nuts or Cashews (pine nuts are better but $$$)
  • 1/2 cup Bean Shoots
  • A few sprigs of Coriander
  • 4-8 Iceberg Lettuce Leaves (depends how big they are and how stuffed you want your bao to be)


Chop Chop


Step 1:
Heat the peanut oil in a non-stick pan or skillet. Fry the red onion and ginger until translucent and beginning to caramelis

Step 2:
Add tofu, carrot, baby corns, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots* and stir for a couple of minutes

Step 3:
Add sesame oil, tamari, chilli flakes, cashews/pine nuts, lemon juice, and kecap manis. Stir through and cook for about 5 minutes


Step 4:
Turn off the heat and stir through the coriander and bean shoots

Step 5:
Spoon the mixture into your lettuce leaves and eat your delicious meal!! I like to serve it with red cabbage slaw. I’m all about the leaves.

Also I put snow peas in it at the last minute because I do what I want and so should you.

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Stiry Fry Mixed Vegeteables.pngBuy this is you don’t care for/can’t find fresh baby corns and bean shoots. The veggies are pretty well cut up for you too which is a super bonus. This tin of veggies costs about $2.35 from woolies which is way cheaper than buying all the ingredients separately. I use the fresh ingredients and this interchangeably. The tin is a bit more salty and I don’t love canned bean shoots but meh. For how cheap and easy it is, it’s probably worth it. Also you can buy a bunch of them and not have to plan San Choy Bao (??) night.

P.S. Not spons. I am just fond of this can of mixed veggies.


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