ASIAN PORK LETTUCE WRAPS – an explosion of flavour –


For something a little different  serve these delicious morsels of  Asian flavoured pork, as a main course or appetizer.  Easy to prepare and you can make them ahead of time.   For an extra hot kick of flavour make the spicy sauce to spoon over the pork mixture into your lettuce cup.


In a deep saute pan, over medium heat,  add about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and saute a generous half cup of finely chopped onions and 2 finely chopped garlic cloves.  Sprinkle this mixture with a little kosher salt during this process.  Salt draws the moisture out of the onions.

Add 1 pound of lean ground pork and saute until the meat changes colour from pink to gray.

Still on medium heat add 2 generous tbsp of grated ginger, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbs oyster sauce and 1 tbsp of brown sugar.  Stir to combine and cook for a few minutes so the pork absorbs these wonderful Asian flavours.

Add about 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes), a generous 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce.  Stir well and simer for a few minutes.  Taste your pork mixture and adjust the seasonings.  If you like it highly seasoned add more fish sauce and oyster sauce.

Off the heat add two large scallions (green part as well) finely chopped, and 2 generous tbsp cilantro finely chopped, and freshly ground black pepper to taste.   Taste again and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve this mixture at room temperature (or heated if you wish) in butter lettuce cups.  You can make this dish ahead of time and refrigerate until need.


This is pork  recipe is full of flavour but not spicy.  Serve this sauce on the side for those who like it hot.

To add a little fire to this dish make up this sauce.

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp fish sauce

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp hot Asian chili sauce or Thai chili sauce.

For extra fire you can add 1/2 tsp chili flakes.  Mix well.


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