Simple San Choy Bau

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My Simple San Choy Bau might be simple to make but it is big on flavour that is for sure!

I think we all love easy meals that take very little thinking about let alone cooking.  This is totally one of those recipes!  Absolutely simple as they come, but you know what?  These are bloody tasty!

It’s funny, that I remember years ago some pompous chef saying to me that iceberg lettuce is a “nothing” lettuce.  Back in the 90s you had frisèe, romaine(cos) mignette, mesclun, butter or oak leaf lettuce anything but iceberg. Personally I love the humble and often cheap iceberg.  Some have a beautiful sweetness to them, and that crispiness is unbeaten in the family of lettuce for sure.

Mad Creations San Choy Bau wrapped in lettuce

Actually another funny, but true story is that when I was young my mum used to put sugar on an iceberg lettuce leaf and roll it up for me because she thought I would eat it that way…..  Can you believe that?  Thinking of it now is horrifying!  Ironically I ended up hating sugar on or added to anything (I don’t mean lollies etc just cereal etc)

Simple San Choy Bau Variations

This is so simple and easy and honestly to have some variations in your keto meal planning just use whatever mince you can get your hands on. Chicken or turkey mince is equally delicious in this recipe. Adjust any seasonings you want to also make a whole new meal out of this recipe.

Any seafood will also work. Either cook whole and flake fish or chop before or after cooking. Just be careful to watch the cooking times so the seafood is not over-cooked.

chicken san choy bau in lettuce cups

Anyway here is a very tasty, very easy low carb ground beef recipe for you and the whole family to enjoy.

P.s I think it is better to roll this beef in your lettuce leaf than sugar for any child x


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Mad Creations Simple San Choy Bau

Simple San Choy Bau

Who doesn't love a good San Choy Bau? Such a simple meal that packs a flavour punch.
4.75 from 4 votes!
Prep Time: 6 mins
Total Time: 6 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Australian Keto
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 4 people
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  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 500 g pork mince
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • ½ bunch coriander chopped
  • iceberg lettuce leaves to wrap
  • ¼ small Spanish onion sliced thinly
  • angel hair chilli available from specialty stores

Optional - roasted peanuts or almonds to serve



    • Add sesame oil, garlic, mince, five spice, and chilli powder to bowl and cook 8 minutes[/timer] / 100℃ / reverse speed 2.
    • Add tamari and sesame and cook for further 2 minutes / 100℃ / reverse speed 2.

    Complete recipe as below.


      • Heat sesame oil over medium heat and add garlic, mince, five spice, and chilli powder. Cook forr 5 – 7 minutes until pork is golden and fragrant.
      • Add tamari and sesame seeds and cook for further 1-2 minutes.
      • Remove from heat and mix through fresh coriander.
      • Roll in fresh lettuce leaves with a pinch of Spanish onion and angel hair chilli.


      1. For tasty variations change the beef mince to turkey or chicken mince. 
      2. Beef can be made ahead and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
      3. Suitable to freeze.
      4. Great for the lunch boxes. 

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      Serving: 1serve | Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 405mg | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.8mg | Net Carbs: 2g
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      • Megan says:

        5 stars
        Simple, tasty and quick. What more do you want?

      • Anonymous says:

        Absolutely delicious! Simple, clean and fresh! and best of all not much effort to put together, thank you.

      • Penny P says:

        5 stars
        I have made this a few times using Turkey mince. So simple and delicious, the first time I made it I missed out! My children scoffed it down so quickly, then they requested it for dinner again the next night.

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