San Choy Bow – Low Carb

A low carb slow cooked San Choy Bow 🙂
Serve straight from your slow cooker to your lettuce cups!

Submitted by Paulene Christie

San Choy Bow - Low Carb

A low carb slow cooked San Choy Bow 🙂 Serve straight from your slow cooker to your lettuce cups!
4.50 from 4 votes
Serving: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 500g pork mince
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 tabelspoon minced garlic
  • 2 small (or 1 large) red chilli's thin sliced, (deseeded if, like me, you don't like too spicy, or leave seeds in for extra heat)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup green shallots/spring onions sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • Lettuce cup leaves to serve


  • Add sesame oil, raw pork, ginger, garlic, chilli and oyster sauce to slow cooker
  • Cook on HIGH for 90mins then give a good stir
  • Add shallots and bean sprouts, stir and cook for additional 15mins
  • Serve as San Choy Bow in washed lettuce cups


  • Great low carb option as the oyster sauce is divided between all serves so minimal carbs each
  • You could also serve is as a delicious Asian Mince on wraps
  • Could easily double recipe to serve as entree for a larger crowd
  • Cooked in my 3.5L Crockpot

25 thoughts on “San Choy Bow – Low Carb”

  1. Sounds great and yum,I’d love to cook it but what could you substitute for chilli’s I’m highly allergic to chilli 🙁 thank you

  2. Sounds delicious but I am curious to know how you cook this for 90 mins with no liquid in the pot and not find a pile of charcoal stuck to the bottom? My slow cooker (Morphy Richards brand) states quite emphatically that liquid must be added. I’ve never got the hang of my slow cooker and always end up with powdery dry meat and far too much runny liquid. It only has a ceramic crock with H, M, L temp settings and doesn’t seem to be able to be used to sear/brown in like others seem to be able to do. Is that the difference?

    1. Only searing slow cookers brown, not the traditional style ceramic bowl ones 🙂
      It can be cooked dry to start with as the meat when added raw releases it’s own juices
      Adding liquids at the start as well as the meat juices would explain your watery results 🙂
      Check out our tips and faq tab on the website for more info also x

  3. I really enjoyed this and found it so simple, and so full of flavour. I stuck to the recipe reasonably faithfully, will definitely do it several times again and definitely tinker and play to my tastes and preferences

  4. This is fast becoming a go to recipe for an easy, healthy and versatile snack. Today I tried it with beef mince, extra chilli and a dash of soy sauce. I loved the result and so did my partner.

  5. This is fast becoming my favorite recipe as it is so quick, easy and tasty. Back to pork mince today (my favorite) with extra chilli and oyster sauce for strong flavors. Simply outstanding!!

    1. Google says: Most people use soy sauce as an oyster sauce substitute, as the former provides some color and flavor to the dish. You may also add half a teaspoon of sugar to the soy sauce. Some people add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce to soy sauce, which is meant to replace oyster sauce

  6. Cooked this for lunch today, very yummy. I followed the recipe but added a splash of soy sauce at the end. The only thing I would change is to separate the mince better at the beginning, it was in big chunks.

  7. Omg Paulene you have done it yet again. What a super easy and quick recipe. So full of flavour and so delicious. Definitely on the rotation now.

  8. This is amazing. Love the flavour. Followed recipe but couldn’t get bean shoots so substituted shredded cabbage.
    So yum …will definitely be making this again soon

  9. Love this recipe! Super easy for a week night meal. I follow the recipe as it is and it’s perfect every time. I also add crunch by using cos lettuce leaves.

  10. Absolutely loved this dish and it’s the perfect light lunch. Popped it on at 10am and it was ready within 2 hours. I did add some finely chopped mushrooms and water chestnuts to bulk it out and for extra crunch. Hubby loved it. I might add some vermicelli next time and see how it goes.

  11. Elise Thompson

    Love the recipe, delicious flavour. Would make a great dish for entree when guest coming over

  12. The flavours in this recipe were absolutely spot on. So good. It just didn’t make enough for hubby and my dinner so I’d definitely double the recipe next time unless just wanting a two person entree.

  13. 5 stars
    Made this recipe exactly as is but didn’t have any chilli. Otherwise perfect. Loved it. Will definitely be doing it more Beautiful. Thanks Pauline.

  14. 5 stars
    Beautiful recipe. Made it exactly as is but had no chilli. Will add next time. Will definitely be making again. Thanks Pauline

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