Thursday, March 15, 2012

San Choy Bow

San Choy Bow is one of those dishes that regularly appear in chinese restaurants in Perth. It's considered as a staple- yet we have never tasted it at home before. It's one of those dishes, that I wondered when Chinese restaurants decides on their menus, obtain inspiration from different parts of China, Singapore and Malaysia and call it "Chinese". Nothing wrong with that, just my curiosity that's all! ;)

Making it at home is fun. Wrapping the lettuce with hot pipping mince mixture, topping it with peanuts, crunching them up and biting into it. YuM! Cold and hot together.

I'm not sure if this is the authentic version- it's one of those quick home cooked meals that I came up. I omitted water chestnuts but think they will be a good addition. Dried chopped shitake mushrooms were added and I do like the texture it creates.

What is your favourite Chinese order at a restaurant? In Singapore, it would be the yam ring basket filled with seafood and chicken! In Perth, probably yam duck (noticed my fondness for yam?!)

San Choy Bow (serves 4-5)
300 grams chicken mince
1 small red onion chopped
1 tablespoon garlic
2 red chill padi chopped
2 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
1 tsp of minced ginger
2 tablespoon of hua tiao jiu
1 tsp of sesame oil
2 spring onions chopped

50 grams of roasted peanuts
ice berg lettuce- separated in cups.

Saute garlic, ginger, chili and onion till done. Cook chicken mince, breaking it as you go along. Add in all sauces and mix well. Cook for around 5-8 minutes. Then add the chinese cooking wine. Drizzle sesame oil and finish it with spring onions. Serve with lettuce cups and roasted peanuts.



tigerfish said...

There is similar lettuce wrap in the Chinese (fusion) restaurant in the US too! :P I don't fancy that but I do fancy your homemade version.

noobcook said...

using lettuce as a wrap is so healthy and low carb :D

Joanne said...

well, wherever this dish is REALLY from, it sounds super tasty to me!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

sound healthy and good!

Little Inbox said...

This is good to have for party or gathering.

lena said...

lettuce made such good crunchy wraps, what a good ideas! talking about that yam basket, i tried to cook that but failed, the ring all broken up to pieces..i wonder how the chefs do that..haaiz:( i like to order this yam basket too when i dine, other than that, any tofu dish and also curry fish head!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

yummm! perfect for our low carb diet huh?

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love lettuce wrap and yours look great. Some American restaurants here served lettuce wrap as appetizer, very popular for American too.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

I am not a vegetable lover but this dish has always been a good way to make me eat vegetable :)

babe_kl said...

nice! I made one recently without meat... just carrot, yam bean and french bean strips... served on sang choy and sambal belacan

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