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How to make Sung Choi Bao - healthy, easy and delicious!

Updated on February 2, 2016
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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: serves 4 as a main or 8 as a starter

What is Sung Choi Bao?

Sung Choi Bao is a delicious and fun meal you can eat with your hands. San Choi Bao is a dish of many spellings, and is often made up of a variety of spellings including "Sung", "Sang" or "San", "Choi" or "Choy" and "Bao", "Bow" or "Bau". The origins are that this dish are presumed to be Chinese based primarily as it is always on a menu at a Chinese restaurant, however after much research this could not be completely confirmed. It appears there in influence in the sauces and ingredients, but with so many varieties and versions of this dish it really can be easily adapted to your liking and spiked with flavours which can easily transport you to any cuisine of your choice.

The meal consists of some mince mixed with crunchy delicious veggies and sauces wrapped up in a fresh crisp lettuce cup and devoured. Sung Choi Bao is a fun meal for all the family as not only does it taste great its enjoyable to eat and quite healthy! This dish is suitable for a relaxed meal, part of a banquet or even as part of a Chinese new year celebration. It is such a versatile dish that can be adapted to what you have in your fridge or even made vegetarian and still be tasty, it really can be as good as your imagination lets it be. Sung Choi Bao is a dish that has to be cooked quick so as to keep its crunchy texture, I think the texture really is hero of this dish...enjoy :)


How to prepare
x1 zucchini
small dice
x1 carrot
small dice
x1 small red onion
thinly sliced
x4 small button mushrooms
small dice
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
washed throughly
2-3 sticks of celery
small dice
1/2 cup of spring onions (scallion)
thinly sliced (whites and base kept separate from the green tops)
x1/2 or 1 red capsicum
small dice
x1 iceberg lettuce
end cut off and soaked in ice cold water (this enables the leaves to be easily separated to make cups)
x1 Inch piece ginger
very fine dice
x2 garlic cloves
very fine dice
x1 bunch coriander
stalks finely cut set aside and leaves roughly torn up
500g pork mince (not to lean)
3 table spoons peanut oil
4 tablespoons of dry sherry or shao using wine
mixed in a bowl other liquids
2 table spoons light soy sauce
mixed in a bowl other liquids
2 teaspoons white sugar
mixed in a bowl other liquids
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
mixed in a bowl other liquids
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
mixed in a bowl other liquids
*optional small red chilli
finely sliced


  1. First you need to chop all your veggies and prepare your ingredients (as above), this dish only needs to be in the wok enough to cook through the meat so best to have everything ready to go. Don't forget to get your lettuce soaking in ice cold water (the longer the better, but 20 minutes should be enough to coax the leaves apart).
  2. Heat peanut oil in a hot wok, once heated add pork mince, garlic, ginger and coriander stalks and stir fry for a minute, than add onion and stir-fry for another minute.
  3. Add in all the sauces (dry sherry, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil and sugar) and stir fry for another minute until the pork is almost cooked. Add all the veggies (except the coriander, bean sprouts and spring onions) and stir fry for another couple of minutes (do not over cook the veggies). Then add in the bean sprouts and cook through for another 30 seconds.
  4. Once pork is cooked and the veggies to your liking, stir through half of the coriander and all the spring onions. Remove the mixture from the wok with a slotted spoon (this dish is very wet and can cause a mess).
  5. Serve the dish garnished with the rest of the coriander and some chilli if you wish in a bowl with the lettuce cups on the side. To eat place some of the mixture in the lettuce cups and roll up and enjoy, simply delicious.

***This dish is perfect served as part of a banquet, or just as perfect as a main dish for up to 4 people. This dish has great texture and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. ENJOY

wrapped and read to go....healthy and delicious!
wrapped and read to go....healthy and delicious!

Scores Nutrition Grade B

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 252
Calories 336
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 60 g20%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 143 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Good Points of the Nutritional Analysis...

  • Low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in Sodium
  • Very High in Vitamin B6
  • High in Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A 15%
  • Vitamin C 44%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 12%

* please note these are taken from a Calorie Count are are just a guide

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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Awesome recipe!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Something new and totally delicious! thanks for sharing!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      This looks delicious!