Pork Yuk Sung (Pork in Lettuce Leaves)

"Minced Pork served in lettuce leaves as a starter to a Chinese meal. Very, very nice and yummy!"
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  • Best to use pork mince with a low fat content 3% if you can get it.
  • Slice the ginger (About 3cm peeled and sliced very finely).
  • Slice the garlic very finely.
  • Chop the spring onions.
  • Dice the celery into very small cubes.
  • Chop the water chestnuts, again into very small cubes. (5mm).
  • Put the above ingredients to one side.
  • Wash the lettuce, dry, and being careful not to tear the leaves, separate leaves keeping them whole. (You will need 4 leaves for four people as a starter).
  • Pat dry and put to one side.
  • In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, dry sherry and sugar. Do not leave out the sugar as it just won't be the same!
  • Heat the sesame oil in a non-stick frying pan on high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and spring onions and fry until the garlic and ginger are aromatic.
  • Add the minced pork and cook until the pork is browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the water chestnuts, and celery to the frying pan and cook over a medium heat.
  • Then put the sauce mixture in the pan and stir.
  • Then put the pork back in the pan and continue to cook at medium heat until sauce is reduced and mixture becomes dryer and the pork is browned.
  • To Serve; Lay out a lettuce leaf and spoon a great big heap of the cooked mixture into the middle and fold into a wrap and eat immediately.

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  1. mama smurf
    Wonderful! Made this for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup Tag game Jan-June 2013 and this was a hit. I followed the instructions except for adding some garlic chili paste (for some zing) and some bean sprouts and a little more onion. Delicious and easy for a hot summer day!. Thank you for posting.
  2. Cilantro in Canada
    This was very simple to make with great results. I did not add the celery and served the pork over pasta. My fanily gobbled it up. Thanks for such a simple but great tasting recipe.
  3. Bergy
    We felt it needed a little more zip so I added 1 tsp chili flakes and it was super good - Lettuce wraps are a favorite in this house and yours will be made again
  4. Lavender Lynn
    Very rich flavor, probably moreso since we accidentally overdid it on the sesame oil. A tasty if slightly messy appetizer, easy to make, fun to eat. Made for Pick A Chef Spring 2008.
  5. Mark S.
    My wife has perfected this recipe (no more take away required!) Wonderful starter, Sesame Chicken to follow Yum.


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