My husband loves soy sauce. Seriously, I think I could serve him cardboard covered with soy sauce and he would gobble it up. I’ll admit, it does add some great flavor. And it is easy, so I’m not complaining =)
This recipe maximizes on that very thing. Meat, veggies, sauce, done.
The first time I made this, I served it over cauliflower rice and that was great. Someone mentioned though that it reminded them of PF Chang’s lettuce wraps so I tried that the second time and it was even better.
We don’t have iceberg lettuce here and all the romaine looked wilty that day, so I did it with green cabbage and it worked great. For anyone else in this predicament, I will detail below how to get cabbage ready for rolling. It’s not too hard, I promise.
Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps
1 Tb sesame oil
1 lb ground beef, turkey or chicken
1 large onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots grated
chopped cabbage (if serving over rice)
really, any veggie you like or have on hand
1/4 c soy sauce (or more if you like it saucier)
1/4 c brown sugar, coconut sugar or date syrup
1 tsp fresh ground ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or more depending on your taste)
1 head iceberg lettuce or green cabbage
or serve over rice
1. Heat oil in large pan, add onions and peppers and saute for a couple minutes. Then add the meat and garlic and saute it all together until done. Add carrots or other vegetable toward the end, they won’t need as long to cook.
2. Meanwhile, mix together your sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
3. When meat and veggies are done, add sauce and mix until incorporated.
4. If using lettuce, wash and pull apart. Arrange it on a plate for serving.
5. If using cabbage you will need to steam it a little to make it manageable for rolls. Heat about an inch of water in a large pot on the stove. Cut out the core of the cabbage and place in the pot core down and allow to steam covered for a minute or two. Carefully remove from pot and peel off the outer layers that have softened. Put back in the pot and repeat until you have pulled off all the layers. Arrange on plate and serve with meat mixture.
6. Scoop meat into leaves, top with chopped green onions, cilantro, chili sauce, whatever you like!