Mushroom and Quinoa San Choi Bao {vegan + gluten free}

Mushroom and Quinoa vegetarian San Choi Bao

Anyone would think I have shares in a mushroom farm based on how often I feature them in recipes. I don’t. But I do love how healthy, delicious and versatile mushrooms are, and that they are in abundance year round, which is why they make their way into so many of the dishes I cook.

When I was asked by Australian Mushroom Growers Association to develop a summer mushroom recipe as part of their Summer Mushrooms campaign, Mushroom and Quinoa San Choi Bao immediately came to mind.  It’s a dish my husband and I already love, and is something that satisfies both meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Finely diced mushrooms take the place of pork mince, with a small amount of quinoa added for a protein boost. Wrapped in crisp baby cos (gem) lettuce leaves, this vegetarian san choi bao is substantial and yet light and refreshing all at the same time. All the classic flavours of san choi bao are here, and I think, my vegan mushroom version, tastes every bit as delicious, thanks to the almost meaty quality of mushrooms.

Mushroom and Quinoa vegetarian San Choi Bao

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Mushroom & Quinoa San Choi Bao recipe
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Vegan and Gluten Free
Serves: 3 - 4
  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2½ cups (300g) finely chopped button mushrooms
  • ⅓ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbs soy sauce (look for a gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1 tbs kecap manis
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 baby cos lettuce, leaves separated and washed
  • lime wedges, to serve
  • finely sliced red chili, to serve
  1. Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat until hot. Add the peanut oil along with the mushrooms, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or fragrant and the moisture has been released from the mushrooms.
  2. Add the Chinese cooking wine and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Add the quinoa, spring onions, soy sauce, kecap manis and sesame oil and cook until the liquid has been absorbed. Add the coriander and stir through.
  3. Spoon the mixture into lettuce leaves and serve with wedges of lime and red chili.
Kecap manis is an Indonesian soy sauce that has been sweetened with palm sugar. If you don't have any substitute with soy sauce and, optionally, add a little brown sugar for a similar flavour.

This post was sponsored by Australian Mushroom Growers Association. As always, all opinions are my own.

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9 Comments on "Mushroom and Quinoa San Choi Bao {vegan + gluten free}"

May 12, 2014

My family loved this mushroom dish. I added some peeled, finely chopped eggplant to bulk it out a bit. Also some finely shredded carrot, with the coriander at the end for some needed fresh colour. Delicious.

January 13, 2014

I wanted to make this all weekend, and went to buy the ingredients yesterday. Three supermarkets later I couldn’t buy quinoa! Bizarre, they were all sold out. Popular ingredient in the shops this week!

December 20, 2013

I love lettuce wraps (and mushrooms, of course!). These look so tasty!

December 20, 2013

…sorry, I meant “under-used” :)

December 20, 2013

Mushrooms are so user-used in my cooking. Thanks for a great inspiration. :) ela

December 18, 2013

A great idea! That filling looks really scrumptious.