How to Make “Simply Delicious” Lettuce Wraps (Gluten Free)
Posted by ivylau on April 30, 2014 - Leave a comment
When I was growing up in Hong Kong, the traditional lettuce wrap was a kind of delicacy. The lettuce was cut perfectly on the top and looked like little bowls; for stuffing, they typically used duck meat. Only up-scale restaurants served lettuce wraps as appetizers.
Zoom ahead to today and it’s a different picture; the food culture has evolved. Lettuce wraps are everywhere and used for a variety of dishes, like fried rice or almost any stir-fried dishes.
Here’s my hybrid version of lettuce wraps. I cooked this dish for years and my kids loved it; it’s fun and you can make it your own way, and enjoy as many as you want. Sometimes a simple dish is the best.
Here is my recipe for Lettuce Wraps (gluten free).
- 1 head of lettuce
- 3 tbsp. of canola oil
- 1 oz. of dry shrimp (soaked)
- 4 dry black mushroom (soaked and diced)
- 5 oz. of gluten free Chinese sausage (optional)
- 1 clove of garlic, smashed
- 10 oz. of chicken (diced)
- 1/8 tsp. of salt
- 1 tsp. of gluten free soy sauce
- 1 tsp. of cornstarch (potato starch)
- 1/4 tsp. of sugar
Step 1 - Wash lettuce and trim off the bottom part. Cut lettuce into half and slowly pull of the leaves from the center. Arrange nicely on a serving dish.
Step 2 - Dice black mushroom, dry shrimp and gluten free Chinese sausage (optional). (Gluten free Chinese sausages are very hard to find. I am very lucky-a friend of mine makes them for me). Dice chicken and marinate with salt, gluten free soy sauce, cornstarch and sugar.
Step 3 - Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a pan, add garlic and then chicken, stir-fry chicken for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Put aside.
Step 4 - Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a wok, then add dry shrimp, diced mushroom and Chinese sausage, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add cooked chicken and sauce and mix well.
Step 5 – Serving. Take a lettuce leaf; add ½ tsp of Hoisin sauce* (I use Wok Mei Hoisin sauce, gluten free.). Add 1-2 tbsp. of stuffing.
I also discovered a link to make Gluten-free homemade Hoisin sauce* http://chinese.food.com/recipe/homemade-hoisin-sauce-312992
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