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Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: recipe, chinese lettuce wraps
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: recipe, chinese lettuce wraps
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: recipe, chinese lettuce wraps
Daisybutter - UK Style and Fashion Blog: recipe, chinese lettuce wraps

Summer Chinese lettuce wraps.
A recipe adapted from one that is regularly made and eaten at Chez Chai, I thought I'd share a simple lettuce wrap dish for fellow taco and food-building-meal lovers. The concept is simple, a fresh and slightly healthier update to the mini soft taco with mild, sweet, spicy flavours. This is also ideal for dinner parties, garden parties, as a BBQ accompaniment or for entertaining.

Ingredients:
  • Little gem lettuce leaves
  • Pork mince (or mince of choice)
  • Fish sauce
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Aubergine, mushrooms, or vegetables of choice
  • Spring onions
  • Cooking oil - we really like sesame or peanut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spring onions and sesame seeds to garnish
  • A lime
  • Cocktail sticks

1. Wash the little gem lettuce leaves and put to one side. I like mine nice and cool, so pop them in the fridge if necessary.

2. Dice your aubergine and/or any other vegetables that you've selected for your meal. Finely chop a clove of garlic and one red chilli.

3. In a frying pan on medium-high heat, heat up half a teaspoon of cooking oil of your choice. At Chez Chai, we tend to go for sesame or peanut oil just for an extra kick of flavour, but if you have allergies, your usual oil is fine too.

4. Pop in your aubergine, garlic and chilli and brown until they soften. Don't let the fine garlic burn.

5. Add your pork mince. The mince should release juices to add even more flavour. As it cooks through, add a couple of splashes of fish sauce and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Stir through. If desired, add salt and pepper (although I tend not to). I prefer to pop some honey or sugar in.

6. Now to assemble! Take a tablespoon of the pork mince and vegetables and pop into the middle of a lettuce leaf. Garnish with a squeeze of lime juice, spring onions and some sesame seeds.

7. Eat! (Or if serving to guests, thread a cocktail stick through each end of the leaf to hold its' shape.)

Let me know if you'll be cooking up this recipe! I'd love to see Twitpics and Instagrams of course.

21 comments

  1. These sound lovely, a lovely light summer dish!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251
    xxxx

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! They're really good with pork mince for a light summer meal (:

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  2. These look and sound amazing! Can't wait to try them out :)

    Nicola xx

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    1. Thank you Nicola! Be sure to Tweet me if you do try them (:

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  3. Food wrapped up in fresh crispy lettuce are so
    YUM *_* thanks for sharing your easy recipe!
    Though I think I'm gonna keep it veggie and
    use stir fried tofu instead of mince c: Xx

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    1. I LOVE this dish with tofu and aubergine - an even lighter version!

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  4. Oh this is a great way of cooking! I really like adding minced meat + random vegetables to lettuce leave wraps. Also nice with coconut milk!

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    1. Ooh adding coconut milk sounds good too!

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  5. Momma I saw something similar to this on Millie Mackintosh's Instagram a few weeks ago and really wanted to try it. Will try and give this a go tomorrow! If you don't see pics, know it didn't turn out too well.

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

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    1. Ah me and Millie Mac, we're one and the same ;) So glad you decided to give them a go!

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  6. I've been eating healthy for ages now and I'm absolutely sick of eating the same stuff because I lack imagination when it comes to health kicks haha! This is just what I needed they look bloody lovely! Deffo giving these a whizz... Thanks :)

    Elisse x

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    1. More than welcome Elisse - healthy eating doesn't have to be boring at all!

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  7. These look so yummy - plus they look super cute too which is a winner for me! xx

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  8. i am definitely going to try this! will let you know how it goes :) x

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    1. Amazing to hear - don't forget to share a snap!

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  9. Kind of rly makes me hate the fact I STILL can't eat veggies. Boo!

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