Low Calorie Thai Lettuce Wraps

Recipe by Sayster
READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 6-8 wraps
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • fresh iceberg lettuce (about one head, this type works best for this recipe)
  • 3
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1
    piece galangal, grated (or ginger)
  • 1
    red chile, de-seeded and finely sliced (omit altogether if you prefer very mild wraps)
  • 2
    shallots, sliced finely
  • 12
    cup firm tofu, cut into matchsticks (OR 1/2 cup cooked chicken or pork, shredded, OR 1/2 cup cooked baby shrimp)
  • 1
    carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 4 -5
    shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1
    egg (optional)
  • 12
    cup shredded cabbage (red is very good, but any type will work)
  • 3
    spring onions, sliced lengthwise into matchstick-like pieces
  • 2
    cups brean mixed sprouts
  • 2
    tablespoons lime juice
  • 2
    tablespoons regular soy sauce
  • 2
    tablespoons fish sauce (if vegetarian, use vegetarian fish sauce)
  • 1
    tablespoon oyster sauce (if vegetarian, use vegetarian oyster sauce)
  • TOPPING
  • 1
    cup fresh basil, roughly chopped if leaves are large
  • 12
    cup dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • OTHER
  • 2
    tablespoons oil, for stir-frying
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, galangal (or ginger), chilli, and shallots. Stir-fry one minute, or until fragrant. Stir-frying tip: add a tablespoons water whenever the wok/pan gets too dry instead of more oil.
  • Add tofu (or meat/shrimp), carrot, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, and spring onions.
  • As you stir-fry, add the lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce. Stir-fry about 1 minute.
  • Push ingredients to the side of the wok or pan, and crack in the egg. Stir-fry the egg quickly, breaking the yolk. Mix in with the other ingredients.
  • Add the bean sprouts and stir-fry briefly (to mix). Remove from heat and do a taste test for salt, adding 1 Tbsp more fish sauce if not salty enough.
  • Cut off the stem part of the iceburg lettuce so it's easier to separate the leaves. Now place the lettuce, the sir-fried filling, and the toppings on your table, allowing family or guests to make their own wraps.
  • To assemble wraps, take a whole lettuce leaf and place 1-2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center. Top with a sprinkling of fresh basil and peanuts. Then wrap it up and eat. (For those who like it extra spicy, Thai chilli sauce can be added as another topping.).
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