Vegetarian Sang Choi Bao

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on May 12, 2010

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Vegetarian Sang Choi Bao

This recipe is an appetizer we made to accompany the Lemon Tofu and Chinese Green Vegetables and teamed with the recipe for Hoisin Tofu and Almonds would make a complete vegetarian Chinese Banquet for 4-6 people (well nearly… deep fried ice-cream recipe may be coming soon :)

Traditionally made with chicken or pork mince for a vegan version I used a mixture of mushrooms and Chinese vegetables. Insure you use lovely crisp iceberg lettuce to get the best results. For a lighter tasting version omit the hoisin sauce and use lime juice and a little brown or palm sugar instead.

Fantastic as an appetizer or even a light evening meal; Vegetarian Sang Choi Bao is the perfect vegan food for those who love Chinese flavours and the deliciousness of mushrooms : )

Preparation time 20mins
Serves 4-6

  • 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbs rice bran oil
  • ½ – 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 300g (10.5 oz) button mushrooms
  • 100g (3.5 oz) flat mushrooms
  • 1-2 chillies, finely diced or 2 tsp bottled chilli
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely diced
  • 4 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 cup mixed canned bamboo shoots and water chestnuts, finely diced
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs hoisin sauce
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, pulled apart

Submerge the dried shiitake mushrooms in hot water and soak for 5-10 minutes until soft. Drain and reserve liquid.

Dice all the mushrooms roughly into small pieces, you want a slightly mince like texture; set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or large fry pan; add the mushrooms and fry for 4-5 minutes; add the chilli and ginger and fry for 1 minute; add shallots, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts; toss to combine and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.

Combine ¼ cup of reserved liquid from the shiitake mushrooms with the soy sauce and hoisin sauce; toss through mushroom mixture.

Serve warm accompanied with lettuce leaves. Roll a small amount of mixture up inside your lettuce cup and enjoy!!

Great as a starter or even a light main meal!!

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