Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sang Choi Bao 生菜包 Lettuce Wrap With Minced Chicken

Day 19 of our carbless diet - I think quite a few of us are thinking of starting some kind of diet after the long holidays and I think it is quite appropriate for me to continue posting our diet menu. I made this very refreshing dish on a relatively warm evening prior to the holidays. Squab is traditionally used in this dish but I have used chicken with great success. If you are able to obtain squab breast, use 2/3 squab mince and 1/3 pork mince instead. 
P.S 10 more days to go before we move and I better get back to my packing :(

serve 4 as an entree or 2 as a one dish meal
you'll need;
250 g of chicken breast
250 g of chicken thigh 
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 spring onions (white part) finely chopped
3 spring onions (green part) chopped
3 cm knob of ginger, finely chopped
1/2 cup of dried mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes, reserve soaking water
1/3 cup of wood fungus, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
1 can of water chestnuts, finely diced
1 tbs of light soy
1 tbs of dark soy
2 tbs of oyster sauce
1 tsp of sesame oil
dash of Chinese cooking oil
1/2 cup of stock 
corn flour solution
iceberg lettuce to serve
chopped chillies in soy to serve

for the marinade;
1 tbs of light soy
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 tbs of Chinese cooking wine
white pepper to taste
1/2 tbs of corn flour

Roughly mince the chicken pieces or you may do it in a food processor.

Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes.

Dice mushrooms, wood fungus and water chestnuts. Prepare ginger and spring onions.

Saute chicken with a little cooking oil until the meat is no longer pink, remove from the pan and set aside.

Add a little more oil into the same pan and add in the chopped spring onions (white part) and ginger, cook for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the rest of the chopped ingredients. Continue to cook for another minute.

Return chicken to the pan, add seasonings and stock and bring it to a simmer. Thicken mixture with a little corn flour solution and mix in the chopped spring onions (green part).

Place a little chicken mixture on lettuce, wrap it all up and enjoy!


  1. Very healthy delicious dish, very appropriate for dieting purpose:) Happy packing!

  2. We are thinking of starting a no carb diet too ;) This is also one of my favourites when I am eating at my local Chinese restaurant.

  3. makan macam nih mmg menyihatkan... masih on diet lg yer tummy? tahniah semangat kental... saya hampeh! hihihi

  4. I think I need to start a carbless week day diet as well. is it sustainable?

  5. masih diet lagi ya..pasti sudah kehilangan banyak kg ni.Makcik manggis selalu gagal jika berdiet:( selamat mengemas dan berpindah kerumah baru ya

  6. Good luck with the packing and the move! I love sang choi bau but I always have it with steamed rice so not quite appropriate for the diet :)

  7. Mmmm...delicious. But I think I will die of hunger just eating this...haha. I will have a big bowl of rice with it :D Happy packing and happy moving.

  8. Happy New Year Tums!! Looking forward to some more great food from all of you :)))

  9. Yum! I had Thai Basil Chicken wraps for lunch yesterday! I'm going to have to try this too! Thanks for sharing!

  10. wow very tasty can't wait to meet you :-)

  11. Hi, this is my first visit to your blog I love learning different recipes and share mine, greetings from Spain ...MARIMI

  12. This is low-carb at its best. Delicious and packed with so many wonderful flavors.

  13. I like this - so healthy and I always love this sort of marinade for minced meat.

  14. Yummm...I love this Thai dish. Yours looks very fresh and oh so good! Perfect for anytime!

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