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    Chicken and Ham Choi Bao


    • 5.5 oz ham, minced or finely diced
    • 14 oz ground chicken meat
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
    • 2/3 cup water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, finely torn or chopped

    • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
    • OR 1 teaspoon flaked chili and 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 8 medium-sized lettuce leaves, washed and crisped


    Mix the ham and chicken together and keep to one side.

    In a wok over high heat, bring the oil to smoking point and add the garlic. Stir for 5 seconds and add the mixed meats. Using the back of a large spoon or a wok spatula, mash the meat so it does not get lumpy. Pour in the hoisin sauce and 1/2 cup of water, then add the water chestnuts. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the cilantro and stir in.

    To make the sauce, mix together the sweet chili sauce (or substitutes), soy sauce and lime juice.

    Serve the choi bao in a large bowl in the middle of the table with the lettuce cups and sauce to one side.

    TIP: It is sometimes difficult to get enough lettuce-leaf cups from a regular lettuce, so try using cos lettuce. The individual leaves are removed from the stem, trimmed, washed and crisped in the refrigerator. They are shaped more like boats than cups, but they are much easier to handle.

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