Spicy pork & vegetable lettuce wraps
This super speedy and fun meal is a great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year, but fast and easy enough for any day of the year. Lettuce is a favourite food for Chinese New Year because the word for lettuce in Cantonese saang choi is a homonym for prosperity and wealth. Ready in about 20 minutes, these tacos are really flavourful with the cool crunch of fresh cucumber and scallions, in addition to the lettuce leaves themselves. The sweet hoisin, spicy sriracha and briny soy sauce come together for a well-balanced flavour, not too spicy or sweet. Serve with a side of your favourite sauteed vegetables to complete the meal. You can also add some steamed brown rice to the plate for an even heartier meal.
Sriracha chili sauce
Low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp(s), or vegetable oil
1 tbsp(s), minced
Uncooked ground pork
½ pound(s), *
Uncooked bell pepper(s)
1½ cup(s), diced in 1/2-inch pieces
½ cup(s), seedless, unpeeled (diced)
½ cup(s), chopped
- In a small bowl combine hoisin, sriracha and soy sauce.
- Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12 inch skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in oil, add ginger, and stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add pork and stir-fry 1 minute breaking up pork with metal spatula or until meat is almost cooked. Add bell pepper and stir-fry 30 seconds or until just combined. Swirl in sauce and cover for 30 seconds. Uncover, stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until pork is just cooked through. Remove from heat and add cucumber and scallions. Serve with lettuce leaves: have diners put about 1/4 cup of filling in a lettuce leaf, fold leaf over and eat like a taco.
- Yields 3 lettuce wraps per serving.
*Ground chicken or turkey can be substituted for pork.