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San Choi Bao

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Serves 8 as an appetiser

Smokey, spicy Chinese pork served in lettuce cups. Fantastic appetiser with a glass of bubbles or as part of an asian-inspired feast. If you want to serve as a main, serve on it’s own or add some softened rice vermicilli to serve 4.

Per serve: 418.7kj (100cal); 2.6g total fat (0.8g saturated fat); 2g fibre


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You’ll need

400gms lean pork mince
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp peanut oil (any vegetable oil is fine)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp grated ginger
3 spring onions, finely sliced
1 carrot, grated
1 cup cabbage, finely sliced
1/2 cup waterchestnuts, finely sliced or chopped
1 tbsp shao xing (chinese rice wine)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 cup coriander
1 iceberg lettuce, separated into leaves (to make cups) or baby cos leaves

Let’s go

Place pork mince, water and hoisin in a bowl and allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Place oil, garlic and ginger in cold wok and slowly heat to hot. Add mince and brown quickly, before adding the waterchestnuts. Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding shao xing, fish sauce, sugar, carrot, cabbage and half the coriander. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Serve in lettuce cups sprinkled with remaining coriander.

Why it’s good for you:
There is so much flavour packed into this dish and very little fat added. Lovely low fat chinese starter.
Per serve: 418.7kj (100cal); 2.6g total fat (0.8g saturated fat); 2g fibre

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