Thursday, August 16

Recipe File: Asian Lettuce Wraps

So you've get your raw hoisin sauce and and your yummy meat substitute just a sittin' there in the 'fridge. Who you gonna call?

Non-problem solved: It's time to serve up some Asian Lettuce Wraps. The fancy-shmancy kind. The appetizer everyone drools over.

The basic ingredient list makes it Asian. The optional ingredients make it less Asian, more Caribbean or Mexican.

Basic Ingredients
  • Big Green Leaves. (I like romaine. Other folks prefer chard, kale, or butter lettuce (bibb))
  • Walnut-based meat substitute
  • Enoki mushrooms (available in the produce section of Asian groceries)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Garlic cloves (available peeled and packaged in produce section)
  • Pickled ginger (fresh grated ginger tastes more Szechuanese, less Japanese)
  • Chopped green onions
  • Hoisin sauce

Optional Ingredients
  • Red onion
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper
  • Diced celery
  • Carrot
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Grated coconut
  • Lime peel

Instructions
Layer ingredients in lettuce leaf. Roll like a burrito, or fold ends in and create a pouch. Hold together with bamboo skewers or toothpicks.

Drizzle with hoisin sauce before serving.

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And as the mother, mother-in-law, and future grandmother of Chinese girls, let me say: This song is totally offensive: I Like Chinese.