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San Choy Bow Recipe

Think Chinese food is off the menu when you’re trying to make healthier choices? Think again. San Choy Bow is a tasty traditional Chinese dish, that cooks pork mince and seasoned stir-fried vegetables in a rich, slightly sweet sauce and uses large lettuce leaves to wrap it all together.

San Choy translates to “Lettuce” and Bow translates to “Wraps” so you might also hear San Choy Bow called Chinese lettuce wraps. An authentic San Choy Bow often has a variety of textures, combining tender pork mince with crispy and crunchy vegetables such as water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, pepper, and onion.

We’ve used lean pork mince to reduce the fat content of this dish, creating a low carb, low fat, high protein recipe that’s great for anyone wanting a lighter lunch or dinner

The best bit? Our San Choy Bow recipe is quick and easy to make and cooked in one pan – making it a simple weeknight dinner with less washing up!

Serves: 2

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time:  15 mins

Suitable for freezing: No


  • Low calorie oil spray
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger, peeled and grated
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • ½ carrot, peeled and grated
  • 200g lean pork mince
  • ½ tbsp reduced salt soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp oyster sauce
  • ¼ lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 20g beansprouts

To serve:

  • 6 large gem lettuce leaves
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • ½ red chilli, sliced
  • 20g unsalted peanuts, crushed
  • Fresh coriander, chopped


  1. Heat a wok or a large frying pan with low-calorie oil spray and bring to a medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and ginger and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then, add carrot and onion to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add pork mince and stir fry for a further 5-6 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Pour over soy sauce, oyster sauce, lime juice, sesame oil and beansprouts and bring to a high heat for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.
  6. Spoon the San Choy Bow mixture into lettuce leaves and top with spring onion, red chilli, crushed peanuts, and coriander.

Looking for more healthy recipes? If you love our San Choy Bow, you'll also love our Prawn Egg Fried Rice Recipe and our Chicken and Vegetable Paella. Why not give them a try in your next meal plan!

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