San Choy Bow – A Family Favourite Recipe

Looking for a quick, easy, nutritious & super delicious meal that your whole family will enjoy? Our yummy recipe for San Choy Bow ticks all the right boxes!

We love San Choy Bow. Perfect for lunch or dinner, these lettuce cups of deliciousness pack a serious flavour-filled punch, and the best part is they’re full of veggies and protein so they’re super healthy too.

We love letting our little ones self serve with these. It’s super easy for them to spoon the mince mixture into their lettuce cup, which gives them a sense of responsibility and independence, as well as helping with their coordination and fine motor skills too. San Choy Bow is made to eat with your hands, so don’t be afraid to get messy…and enjoy!

Tag us and #imagineblogrecipes if you try this or any of our other recipes. We’d love to see your family enjoying it! This recipe was put together by our amazing Chef at Imagine Childcare in Southport.

Imagine Blog Recipes - San Choy BowIngredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp Peanut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 500g Chicken, Pork or Plant-Based Mince
  • 1 tsp Crushed Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Crushed Garlic
  • 4 Medium Mushrooms Diced
  • 220g Bamboo Shoots
  • ½ cup Fried Noodles
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 Sliced Chilli (optional)

What to do

  1. Combine Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, and Sesame Oil in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Dice mushrooms and drain bamboo shoots. Set aside.
  3. Wash iceberg lettuce and pull leaves off gently to form cups. Pop in fridge to keep crisp.
  4. Heat a wok on a high heat and add peanut oil. Add mince, garlic, and ginger and cook until mince is browned.
  5. When mince is browned, add mushrooms and bamboo shoots and cook to soften.
  6. Add the sauce to the mixture and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

(Allergen information: please note that this recipe contains soy and peanut products. Please read ingredients carefully and we are always happy to recommend alternatives should the ingredients not be suitable for your family).

How to serve

Spoon mince mixture into lettuce cups and top with sliced chilli and fried noodles. Eat with hands and enjoy!


You can substitute the vegetables in this recipe for your family’s favourites. Other great veggies to use include water chestnuts, onion, finely grated or sliced carrot, and even corn. Just make sure you don’t overcook the veggies, so they still have that delicious slight crunch.


We did our shop at our local Woolworths store, and our total amount for all ingredients came to $35.72 or $8.93 per serve. This included all our sauces and oils, which are perfect pantry staples to have on hand for future recipes.

Remember to tag us and #imagineblogrecipes if you try this or any of our other recipes! Bon Appétit!

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