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The meat-free model of Chinese language san choy bow. You by no means knew vegetarian lettuce wraps may very well be so scrumptious! Crumbled tofu makes the filling meaty whereas greens add pretty texture, smothered in a shiny, savoury sauce. Wholesome meals was by no means so scrumptious. And attention-grabbing. And straightforward. {Simply 245 cal for a beneficiant serving}

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Vegetarian lettuce wraps (san choy bow)

At present’s recipe is a meat-free model of the Chinese language restaurant favorite san choy bow which is a lettuce wrap with a pork filling.

I hate that I used the phrase “superior” for a recipe title (in caps! 😅) however I couldn’t consider one other technique to seize your consideration for these lettuce wraps. A vegetarian one, no much less, made with numerous vegetable and tofu.

So in the event you’re studying this, maybe the considerably infantile title I’ve bestowed upon these lettuce wraps labored! As a result of they’re Superior – with a capital A. Not simply “okay”, not simply “good”. That doesn’t make the reduce to be shared on my web site. They. Are. AWESOME!

(I want a brand new phrase. My highschool English instructor could be horrified if she learn this put up).

Proper, let me go straight to an up-close-and-personal of this tofu and vegetable filling that’s the star of right this moment’s present. Strive telling me this doesn’t look scrumptious!

Tofu and vegetable filling for Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow

And earlier than it was that, it was this:

  1. Tofu crumbled up like mince (that’s floor meat, to you of us within the States). Far more efficient for flavour absorption than dicing (plus, simpler); then

  2. Sauced with san choy bow sauce that stains the tofu an attractive mahogany color and coats all the things in a shiny savoury sauce.

Able to see easy methods to make these vegetarian lettuce wraps?? Let’s do that!


What you want for Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

Right here’s what you want:

The filling

Ingredients in Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow
  • Agency or extra-firm tofu – Use a agency or further agency tofu, not silken tofu. It must be agency sufficient so you may crumble it like mince / floor meat. Tub label offers you clues – it will likely be labelled as such. 😂 Additionally, give it a squeeze. It ought to really feel like gentle rubber, moderately than a really fragile jelly (silken tofu).

  • Greens – Inexperienced beans, carrot and mushrooms are the combination I’m utilizing right this moment. Love the feel the inexperienced beans and carrots give to the filling, and the savouriness the mushrooms carry.

    Having mentioned that, be at liberty to make use of what you’ve bought! Any sauté-able greens will work advantageous.

  • Garlic and onion – Aromatics. Don’t skip these – they develop into extra essential in vegetarian dishes!


San choy bow sauce for filling

The sauce used for these vegetarian lettuce wraps is similar because the one I exploit for my traditional pork san choy bow. It’s shiny and savoury, and every ingredient contributes to the flavour so please don’t skip any. This sauce, it could make something style superb – even tofu! (There, I mentioned it, go forward and name me immature 😂).

Ingredients in Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow
  • Cornflour / cornstarch – This makes the sauce shiny and thickens it so it coats the filling components superbly.

  • Oyster sauce – A complete lot of flavour, jammed into one bottle! Because the title suggests, the sauce is made with oysters – not that you’d ever choose it. It simply tastes savoury and candy.

    Alternate options – Vegetarian choices obtainable lately, even at massive grocery shops in Australia. Else, Hoisin works nice (although you get a 5 spice flavour which is gorgeous, simply totally different!)

  • Mild soy sauce offers salt however doesn’t stain issues a brown color and has a gentle soy flavour. May be substituted with all goal soy sauce however not darkish soy sauce (too intense). Extra on totally different soy sauces right here.

  • Darkish soy has intense color (that is what makes the sauce and stains the tofu a brown color) and way more intense soy flavour. It may be substituted with extra mild or all-purpose soy sauce however the sauce flavour shall be extra gentle, and the tofu received’t go brown.

  • Chinese language cooking wine (“Shaoxing wine”) is a vital ingredient for making really “restaurant customary” Chinese language dishes. It provides depth of flavour and complexity into sauces. Extra information on Chinese language cooking wine right here.

    Substitute with Mirin, cooking sake or dry sherry. Non alcoholic sub – use 1/2 cup (125 ml) low sodium rooster broth/inventory as an alternative of water + Chinese language cooking wine.

  • Sesame oil (toasted) – For pretty sesame flavour within the dish. Use toasted (brown oil) not un-toasted (yellow oil) because it has stronger sesame flavour. For fellow Aussies, toasted is the usual sesame oil bought in grocery shops. Un-toasted is more durable to search out (usually in well being meals shops).


The lettuce wraps & toppings

Filling sorted, now right here’s what you should make the wrap. The peanuts and sriracha or different chilli paste/sauce is very, extremely really useful for an important lettuce wrap!

Ingredients in Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow
  • Lettuce leaves – Chinese language san choy bow lettuce wraps served at eating places right here in Australia use iceberg lettuce. At fancy locations, they reduce into neat rounds!

    However truthfully, any lettuce leaves the place filling may be bundled inside, or have a pure cup form works advantageous. Crispy (cos / romaine lettuce) or gentle, pliable leaves (like butter lettuce).

  • Sriracha or different chilli sauce – Extremely really useful. It simply works so properly so as to add successful of spiciness to the freshness of the vegetable filling!

  • Peanuts – For an genuine san choy bow expertise, chopped peanuts can be extremely really useful!

  • Inexperienced onion – Sprinkle of contemporary. Not as extremely really useful, however it may be skipped in the event you don’t have it.


How one can make vegetarian lettuce wraps

How to make Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow
  1. Combine the sauce components in a small bowl on this order: cornflour/cornstarch and water first till lump free, then combine in all the things else. Why? As a result of it’s simpler to dissolve cornflour in much less liquid than an excessive amount of liquid.

  2. Crumble tofu – Drain tofu. Minimize into 5mm/0.2″ slices then use your fingers to crumble right into a mince. It is going to crumble with little effort. Don’t make the crumbs too advantageous, you may at all times break the tofu up extra when cooking – identical to cooking mince/floor meat!

    No must press the tofu – There’s no must press water out of the tofu utilizing weights. The water contained within the tofu prevents it from being too dry.

  3. Filling – Utilizing a big non stick pan, warmth the oil over excessive warmth then cook dinner the onion, garlic and carrot for simply 1 minute. Add inexperienced beans and mushrooms then cook dinner for two minutes. The inexperienced beans ought to nonetheless be agency. That is good! The feel the inexperienced beans add to the filling is very nice.

  4. Add tofu and simply toss by way of. Tofu doesn’t have to be cooked to eat it so for this recipe we simply must heat it by way of.

How to make Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow
  1. Sauce it! Pour within the sauce then let it come to a simmer. Because it heats up, the cornflour within the sauce will make it thicken. Stir for 1 minute or till it turns into thick and shiny so it coats the combination properly. See the photograph in step 6 for what the filling appears like as soon as the sauce thickens. Take a look at all that flavour on the tofu and greens!

    If the sauce reduces and thickens too shortly (which could occur in the event you’re utilizing an additional massive pan or an additional sturdy range <– I’d love this drawback), then simply add a splash of water.

  2. Serving – Switch the filling right into a bowl. Put it out on the desk with the lettuce leaves, inexperienced onion, peanuts and bottle of sriracha. Then let everybody make their very own wraps!

  3. DIY lettuce wraps – Spoon filling into lettuce leaf.

  4. Toppings – Drizzle with sriracha, sprinkle with peanuts and inexperienced onion. Bundle / wrap (for gentle lettuce leaves) or fold like tacos (for crisper lettuce leaves) then devour!

Hand holding Vegetarian lettuce wraps - san choy bow

I’ve to admit, this recipe took me without warning. I made it throughout a type of patches after I was making an attempt to “be more healthy”. (However then mango pancakes and chili canine occurred which derailed my good intentions, adopted by pizza bread and carbonara which didn’t assist.)

Though I knew the san choy bow sauce had flavour-power, the considered a tofu-vegetable medley wrapped in but extra vegetable (lettuce) wasn’t precisely making me excited.

How very, very flawed I used to be. It’s not simply “good”. It’s extraordinarily tasty. As in – I WANT to have it for dinner tonight.

The truth that it’s simply 245 energy for a beneficiant dinner-size serving is a bonus.

And with that, I’m completed in my efforts to persuade you to do this. Maybe I didn’t even must do all this writing and the wonderful title I christened this dish was sufficient?? Superior Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps. Full factors for artistic writing! 😂 – Nagi x


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San choy bow = san choy bau = san choi bow = lettuce wraps!

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AMAZING vegetarian lettuce wraps

Servings2 – 4 individuals

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Recipe video. The meat-free model of Chinese language san choy bow. You by no means knew vegetarian lettuce wraps may very well be so scrumptious. I by no means knew both, till I made these! Crumbled tofu lends the filling a meaty texture whereas greens add pretty texture, all smothered in a shiny, savoury sauce. Vegetarian meals (and wholesome, no much less!) was by no means so scrumptious. And attention-grabbing. And straightforward. It is AMAZING!Be happy to substitute the veg with different sauté-able greens of selection.

Directions

  • Sauce – Combine cornflour/cornstarch with water till lump free. Add all the things else, then combine.

  • Crumble tofu – Drain tofu, then reduce into 5mm/0.2″ slices. Use your fingers to crumble right into a mince. Not too advantageous crumbs, can at all times break up extra when cooking (identical to cooking mince/floor meat!).

  • Filling – Warmth oil over excessive warmth in a big non stick pan. Prepare dinner onion, garlic and carrot for 1 minute. Add inexperienced beans and mushrooms. Prepare dinner 2 minutes – inexperienced beans ought to nonetheless be agency.

  • Sauce it – Add tofu and toss by way of. Pour within the sauce. Stir for 1 minute or till the sauce thickens and is coating the combination properly. (If it evaporates too shortly, add a splash of water)

  • Serving – Switch filling right into a bowl. Lay out on the desk with lettuce leaves, inexperienced onion, peanuts and bottle of sriracha.

  • DIY lettuce wraps – Spoon filling into lettuce leaf. Drizzle with sriracha, sprinkle with peanuts and inexperienced onion. Bundle / fold, eat!

Recipe Notes:

Serves 2 as a meal (or 3 with small appetites), or 4 in the event you add a aspect like fried rice (attempt the miracle emergency baked fried rice, in the event you don’t have day-old rice).
1. Oyster sauce – vegetarian choices obtainable lately, even at massive grocery shops in Australia. Else, Hoisin works nice (although you get a 5 spice flavour which is gorgeous, simply totally different!)
2. Soy sauces:
* Mild soy sauce may be substituted with all goal soy sauce however not darkish soy sauce (too intense). Extra on totally different soy sauces right here.
* Darkish soy may be substituted with extra mild or all-purpose soy sauce

3. Chinese language cooking wine (“Shaoxing wine”) is a vital ingredient for making really “restaurant customary” Chinese language dishes. Substitute with Mirin, cooking sake or dry sherry. Extra information on Chinese language cooking wine right here.
Non alcoholic sub – use 1/2 cup (125 ml) low sodium rooster broth/inventory as an alternative of water + Chinese language cooking wine, anticipate to simmer filling for an additional 1 minute as it’ll take barely longer to thicken.
4. Tofu – Use a agency or further agency tofu, not silken tofu. It must be agency sufficient so you may crumble it like mince / floor meat. Tub label will specify it’s agency tofu (additionally, give it a squeeze!).
5. Lettuce leaves – Chinese language san choy bow lettuce wraps served at eating places right here in Australia use iceberg lettuce. At fancy locations, they reduce into neat rounds! However truthfully, any lettuce leaves the place filling may be bundled inside, or have a pure cup form works advantageous. Crispy (cos / romaine lettuce) or gentle, pliable leaves (like butter lettuce).
6. Leftover filling will maintain for 3 days within the fridge. Not appropriate for freezing.
Vitamin per serving, assuming 2 servings. Excludes toppings.

Vitamin Data:

Energy: 245cal (12%)Carbohydrates: 21g (7%)Protein: 15g (30%)Fats: 12g (18%)Saturated Fats: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 4gMonounsaturated Fats: 6gTrans Fats: 0.03gSodium: 1437mg (62%)Potassium: 802mg (23%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 16198IU (324%)Vitamin C: 34mg (41%)Calcium: 130mg (13%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

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