Originating in the Chinese province of Guangzhou, this dish has been made popular around the world as a starter in every neighborhood Chinese restaurant. Sangchoi means lettuce in Chinese and Bao means to wrap, hence the name.

For this recipe I am giving you two options for serving. One in the traditional lettuce cup or to make the dish into a salad, making it a less fiddly dish to serve up to hungry riders. Typically, this recipe does not include rice, however it makes it a much more complete meal.


1 cup rice

500g pork mince

3 cloves garlic, chopped finely

2cm piece ginger, peeled, chopped finely

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

¼ cup peanuts, chopped

2 spring onions, finely sliced

1 iceberg lettuce, leaves separated or roughly chopped

1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)

Sweet chilli sauce to serve (optional)


  1. Place rice in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a fry pan, add mince and use a spoon to break up the pork into small pieces as it cooks. Once it is browned, add garlic and ginger, cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add soy and oyster sauces and stir to mix through, remove from heat.
  4. To serve in the traditional way, divide rice between plates. Place 2-3 lettuce cups on the side and half fill with pork, sprinkle with peanuts and spring onion.
  5. To serve as a salad, spread rice on the bottom of plates, scatter with chopped lettuce and top with pork, peanuts and spring onions.
  6. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and lime wedges if available.

Serve 3-4


  • Omit the rice if you want to keep this as a light meal or a starter
  • Squeeze tubes of ginger and garlic are great travel kitchen basics, use one teaspoon for a clove of garlic and one teaspoon for each centimetre of ginger
  • If you are serving the pork in a lettuce cup, iceberg is best used to ensure it can be picked up and won’t go limp and soggy from the hot mince.
  • Salad version can use any variety of lettuce available


  • Chicken mince in place of pork
  • If you only have soy, add extra and a teaspoon of sugar to make up for the oyster sauce
  • Sweet soy can be used in place of combining soy and oyster
  • Chopped cashews or fried shallots can be used to garnish



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