Well, you’re supposed to make it with pork, but I went with extra lean ground turkey and thought it was delicious! 

It’s very simple and quick wok cooking.  It’s also healthy!  Perfect!

  • 2 tsp peanut oil
  • 1.5 lb ground turkey/pork/chicken/beef
  • 1 can water chestnuts, drained and minced
  • 1 can of bamboo shoots, drained and minced
  • 3-4 stalks of green onions
  • 2 TBSP dry sherry
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 cup of snow peas, coarsely chopped
  • lettuce leaves (Romaine lettuce, Endive, etc — although I used cabbage since I had some leftover in my fridge)
  • fresh mint, chopped


  • 2 TBSP plum sauce
  • 1 TBSP hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Heat the oil in a pan and cook the turkey until brown.  Add the water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and green onion and keep mixing for a minute.  Add the remaining ingredients expect the lettuce and mint (and sauce ingredients), mix, and cook for a couple of minutes.  Then I put the cabbage leaves on top while it was cooking to steam for a couple of minutes and soften a little bit.  I still wanted it to be crunchy though so seriously, only a couple minutes.

Turkey San Choy Bau  Turkey San Choy Bau

For the sauce, add all together with 1 TBSP of water.  To serve, put 1 TBSP of turkey mix on each lettuce leaf and sprinkle with mint.  Serve with sauce for dipping. 

Turkey San Choy Bau

Plus, it makes great leftovers.  I re-heated the extras at work and put the filling into a flour tortilla.  It was a Turkey San Choy Bau wrap!