Ingredient Name: Chinese Lettuce, lettuce

Traditional Chinese Name: 生菜 (shengcai)

What is this?
  • A leaf vegetable that is long, sword-shaped and medium green to dark green in color
  • It has a slightly bitter and robust flavor (that is very different from western lettuce)
  • Not typically eaten raw, but used in Chinese stews, dishes, dim sum and soups
  • Considered a mildly cooling ingredient

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse eat leaf in warm water to remove any dirt or mud

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in most supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • 1 average-sized head of Chinese lettuce cost around $2-3 HKD

Any benefits?

  • High in dietary fiber and low in fat
  • Good source of Vitamin A and C

Any precautions?

  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester should consume in moderation as it is a mildly cooling ingredient

Any additional information?

  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Can store up to 5 days in a refrigerated environment