Shrimp (Prawn) San Choy Bau

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins

Russell cooked this for my birthday dinner last night-along with Tom Yum Soup. We managed to eat a whole recipe between the two of us. What a feast! I'm sure it would feed 4-6 with another dish, or as an appetiser in a Chinese meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the lettuce and separate the leaves.
  2. Shake off any excess water and dry thoroughly on paper towels.
  3. Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce and lime juice in a small bowl.
  4. Set aside until needed.
  5. If the shrimp are large, cut into smaller pieces.
  6. Heat a wok over high heat, add the vegetable and sesame oils and swirl to coat the side of the wok.
  7. Add spring onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds.
  8. Add the shrimp meat, water chestnuts and chilli, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and continue to stir-fry for 2 more minutes.
  9. Add the rice, sprouts and cilantro and stir until combined.
  10. Pour in the set-aside stir-fry sauce, toss briefly, then remove the wok from the heat.
  11. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl.
  12. Place the dry lettuce cups on a plate.
  13. Either fill the lettuce cups with the mixture yourself, or allow your guests to do so at the table.
  14. Serve with hoisin sauce, to be drizzled over the top.


Most Helpful

This is great. I made only 2 slight changes, instead of sesame oil and chili, I used sesame chili oil. And I also substituted brown rice for the white. I've only made this once, but will be sure to not lose this one. In fact I've marked it five stars and a capital GREAT!

donnie27 December 05, 2006

This was wonderful. Great contrasts in flavours and textures. Very fresh-tasting. I didn't stray from the recipe at all and it worked perfectly. Thanks.

evelyn/athens July 19, 2003

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