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Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Pork in Lettuce Wrap Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4 - 6

500 g

5 cm

1 tablespoon

20

2

1

3 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

2

2 teaspoons

 

Pork lion

Fresh ginger, thinly sliced

Nuoc Cham sauce

Spring onions (scallions), choose thin ones

Soft-leaf lettuces

Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced

Fresh mint leaves

Fresh coriander leaves

Green chilies, seeded and very finely sliced (optional)

Sugar

Method :
  • Place the pork, ginger and nuoc cham sauce in a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered for about 45 minutes or until the pork is tender. Remove the pork and allow to cool. Discard the liquid.

  • Trim both ends from all the spring onions (scallions) so that you have long stems of equal length. Bring a large pot of water to boil and blanch the spring onions (scallions) 2 to 3 at a time for about 2 minutes, or until softened.

  • Remove the spring onions from the hot water with tongs and place them in a bowl of iced water. Drain them and lay them flat and straight on a try to be used later.

  • Separate the lettuce into leaves. If the leaves have a firm section at the base, trim this away (or making a neat wrap will be difficult).

  • When the pork is cool enough to handle, cut it into thin slices and finely shred each slice. Spread out a lettuce leaf, place about 1 tablespoon of the shredded pork in the centre of the leaf. Top with few slices of cucumber, a few mint and coriander leaves, a little chili, if using, and a light sprinkling of sugar.

  • Fold a section of the lettuce over the filling, bring in the sides to meet each other and carefully roll up the wrap. Tie one of the spring onions (scallions) around the wrap; trim off the excess or tie it into a bow.

  • Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Arrange the wraps on a serving platter and serve with Lemon and Garlic dipping sauce.

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