Paleo San Choy Bow


February 20, 2015

I have been very blessed to have eaten my fair share of good Chinese food as my step mum is half Chinese and also a chef. Yes, say no more! As it is Chinese New Year today (hello year of the sheep!) I have decided to share a very simple San Choy Bow recipe that I have tweaked here and there so it’s more of a paleo version.

So let’s get to it because I could ramble on about Year of The Sheep being a year to get creative and artistic, being open to emotional and spiritual breakthroughs, finding ways to slow down more and basically scale back the hectic over-scheduling but I’m guessing you might be all “yeah, yeah, just get to the food!” So without further ado….

500 gr pork mince or if you don’t like pork, this recipe is also nice with chicken or turkey mince
1 large carrot grated
8 button mushrooms (or mushroom of choice finely chopped)
1 small tin of water chestnuts (220 gr) finely chopped
1 small tin of bamboo shoots (220gr) finely chopped
4 spring onions finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 thumb sized piece of ginger (grated – I use a microplane)
1 heaped tspn of chinese 5 spice
1 – 2 tblspn of coconut oil
2 tspn of sesame oil
2 tblspns of fish sauce
1/4 cup of coconut aminos (or use soy sauce or tamari) juice of 1/2 a lemon
Iceberg lettuce leaves to serve


**If you are following whole30 or just want to keep the sugar out of your meal, check out my pic below of the sugar free versions of sauces I use.


How you do it!

1. Heat the coconut and sesame oil in a large fry pan and add your garlic and ginger, stir briefly until fragrant and then add your mince

2. Fry until mince is almost browned and add your chinese 5 spice, keep stirring until fully browned and then add grated carrot, mushrooms, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots

3. Add your coconut aminos, fish sauce and stir through until some has evaporated and it’s smelling amazing!

4. Turn off your heat and add your spring onions and lemon juice, stir through

5. Serve in a big bowl with a plate of lettuce leaves and let everyone help themselves to their yummy San Choy Bow.


Serves at least 4 hungry people

**You can buy the sugar free Red Boat Fish Sauce through my affiliate link from Organics on a Budget 

Happy New Year….or  新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè  


Yours in health,




3 Responses


September 16, 2015

Glad you enjoyed it Selina! Thanks for letting me know :)


March 20, 2016

can I use coconut milk and Jasmin rice cooked together and used instead of lettuce leaf


September 16, 2015

This was really amazing!! I added zucchini and rice noodles to pad it out a bit more but honestly it was delicious. Thanks so much for sharing

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