San choy bau

    25 minutes

    This is a classic Chinese starter that is perfect if you are preparing an Asian-themed meal. It's a great one to choose if you are feeding children – they love the excuse to eat with their hands.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 500g pork mince
    • 1½ tablespoons oyster sauce
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 227g tin water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
    • 2 spring onions, sliced
    • 2 teaspoons cornflour, mixed with ¼ cup water
    • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves, washed and drained
    • 1½ tablespoons hoisin sauce

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Heat the oil over a moderate heat in a wok or large frying pan, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the mince, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spatula, and cook for 5–6 minutes, or until the mince browns slightly. Meanwhile, combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl.
    2. Add the water chestnuts, spring onions and oyster sauce mixture to the wok. Toss for 1 minute before adding the cornflour mixture to thicken.
    3. If you like, trim the lettuce leaves with kitchen scissors to neaten them and to form a cup shape. Divide the mince mixture among the lettuce cups, then drizzle each one with a little hoisin sauce. Eat while hot.

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    Really lovely. Thank-you  -  14 Jan 2014


    This is simple & delicious!!! I add equal portions of ginger to garlic and a bunch of chopped coriander at the end. Yummy!!!  -  11 Apr 2014


    Yum! Whole family loved it- next time I would use kejap manis instead of regular soy sauce to add some sweetness. Thank you!  -  26 Jul 2015