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Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

Delicious starter or lunch!

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Asian Pork Lettuce Cups | DonalSkehan.com, Delicious starter or lunch!

light-meals

Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

Delicious starter or lunch!

Monday, May 2, 2011

1 tbsp sunflower oil

250g (9oz) lean pork mince

3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 tbsp caster sugar

5 spring onions, finely chopped

8 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn

A small handful of coriander, roughly torn

To serve

2 baby gem lettuces, separated into leaves

Thai sweet chilli sauce

Juice of 1 lime

40 mins
Serves 4

I want to introduce you to what is easily one of my favourite little dinner-party treats. This dish tastes amazing and I hope it will become one of your staple entertaining recipes. The meat mix is full of really light and aromatic flavours and is served in baby gem lettuce leaves, making it perfect finger food.  Vegetarian option: use Quorn mince which works quite well here.

Heat the sunflower oil in a large frying pan over a high heat, add the pork mince and fry for 2–3 minutes or until the mince is tender, breaking the mince up with a spoon as it cooks.
Add the garlic and chilli and fry for a further minute.
Add the fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar and stir through, frying for another minute until you have a good colour on the meat.
Finally add half the spring onions, coriander, mint and the lime juice and fry for 1–2 minutes until the spring onions are just tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until just warm.
Place 1 heaped tablespoon of the aromatic pork in each baby gem lettuce leaf, top with a drizzle of Thai sweet chilli sauce and a garnish with the remaining spring onions, coriander and mint.
40 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp sunflower oil

250g (9oz) lean pork mince

3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

1 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 tbsp caster sugar

5 spring onions, finely chopped

8 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn

A small handful of coriander, roughly torn

To serve

2 baby gem lettuces, separated into leaves

Thai sweet chilli sauce

Juice of 1 lime

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  • Ger

    made these last night…. I thought they were very nice…my other half said that they could do with being spicey/hotter and maybe served with a riata. And you thought you had food critics!!

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  • I ate something like this in Vietnam and it was too good to be true. Can’t wait to try out this recipe. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    mmmmmm, Divine Recipe, just tried it. I added fresh ginger + 2 raw carrots very finely chopped for some crunch …Great starter or light dinner

    • Hi, I’m out of the office until 10 August 2011 and will reply to any emails on my return.

  • What an interesting way to cook Pork! Looking forward to trying this recipe out :)

    • Hi, I’m out of the office until 10 August 2011 and will reply to any emails on my return.

  • Tsheehan1

    fab recipe, we added some chopped cashew news. absolutely fab!!! will def be having them again!! thanks Donal

  • Hi, I’m out of the office until 10 August 2011 and will reply to any emails on my return.

  • петя спасова

    you cook them with mr.quilter a.k.a. food busker !

  • I hope you like it!

  • Robin Ludvig Isomaa

    Delicious! It also works in a wrap.