San choy bow recipe

San Choy bow is a great alternative to mince meat. San Choy bow is finger food at it’s best. It is a delicious combination of noodles, spices, and vegetables wrapped in a lettuce leaf.


San Choy, also known as sang-choy bow in Chinese, is a Chinese favourite made with minced meat, shiitake mushroom and a variety of spices. There are many variations of this dish, but one thing is constant: the way it is served. It makes a great starter and is perfect for finger food in the summer.


It is simple to make a San Choy bow, but these tips will help you succeed every time.

  • This dish is made with shiitake mushrooms, which are worth the effort. If you are unable to find fresh shiitake mushrooms, you can substitute dried ones. Before slicing, let them soak in boiling water for 10 mins.
  • The ‘cup’ made from cos lettuce is sturdy enough to hold all the filling. You can substitute small butter or iceberg lettuce leaves if you are unable to find cos lettuce.
  • Many recipes call to Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing), and it is readily available at most Asian grocery stores and Asian grocers. You can substitute dry sherry if it is not available.
  • Place the lettuce in a bowl of iced for 10 minutes to get crisp leaves. Let dry, then fill the bowl with water and serve immediately.
  • You can freeze the mince mixture if you don’t want noodles. Let it cool down, then transfer to a large zip-lock bag or container and freeze for up 3 months.


Chicken san choy bow, a light and delicious dish that’s quick to prepare but full of flavour, is a popular version of this beloved dish.

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  • San Choy Bow
  • Chicken Sang Choy Bow


This is the most common version of sang-choy bow. The sweetness in the pork makes it a great companion to the hoisin sauce and mushrooms.

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  • Sang Choy Bow
  • Pork San Choy Bow


Although beef is not as well-known as its pork and chicken counterparts, it’s still a delicious choice and a great summer dish.

  • Zoe’s San Choy Bow


The San Choy Bow is a beautiful appetizer or finger food choice. However, it can also become a main dish. To make it a substantial meal, serve it with lots of steamed rice and a side salad.

If you love the flavours of san choy bow, but need something more portable, make it into a rice paper roll . Just roll the filling and wrap it in rice paper. Add your favourite dipping sauce.

We think ice-cold beer and dry cider are the best choices for a drink to accompany your san choy bow. You can also enjoy it with your favourite bubbly or wine if you prefer wine.