Did you know the Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like ‘rising fortune’? That’s why san choy bau lettuce wraps are one of the most popular dishes of Chinese New Year, as it’s said to bring prosperity for the year ahead. As we gear up for the Lunar New Year on January 28, there’s never been a better time to improve your san choy bau game with four variations on this classic Asian starter.
It’s hard to go past the classic combination of pork, hoisin sauce and crunchy vegetables, such as water chestnuts and carrots. Try this traditional take on san choy bau lettuce cups for a speedy midweek dinner.
Give the classic pork version a twist by switching the pork mince for chicken mince, adding 3cm ginger cut into matchsticks, and garnishing with coriander leaves and toasted sesame seeds.
Pick up a roast duck from your local Chinese barbecue shop, or some ready-roasted Peking Roast Duck Legs your supermarket. Shred the meat and add to the san choy bau recipe instead of the pork mince. Add matchsticks of ginger and grated orange zest for extra pep.
San choy bau is all about texture, so for a satisfying vegetarian version, replace the pork with 400g mixed Asian mushrooms, 50g bamboo shoots, ginger and extra garlic. Use Lee Kum Kee Vegetarian Stir-fry Sauce instead of the oyster sauce.
Why not create your own san choy bau recipe for our Chinese New Year Cooking Contest? Cook, Snap & Win for your chance to win a $29,000 trip for four to Thailand!
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