On my birthday, we've decided to try out a new restaurant and they're carrying this dish. Since I was not in my usual self on that day, I wanted to make things as easy as possible so I ordered what either sound less risky or something I've already eaten before.
This sounds like edible enough so I ordered it.
I wasn't disappointed. It's the kind of dish I will recommend to anyone. It looked like something anyone can prepare easily, store the left overs in the fridge and just prepare and wrap one whenever you get hungry. Ideal for busy moms, bachelors, anyone really.
Tip 1: Doesn't have to be boston or bib lettuce but find a lettuce that you can disentangle easily... you really don't want to present a here-and-there torn lettuce in your dish.
Tip 2: If you know how to make peanut butter sauce, drizzle a little before on the prepared one before wrapping up (if I find a recipe for it, I'll let you know, I'm just sure it'll further enhance the yumminess of this dish)
Tip 3: You can also substitute pork or beef if you like
Tip 4: Don't over fill your lettuce,,, there should be a balance of lettuce and filling on every bite... it'll be boring if it's too less and it'll have an exaggerated note if you over fill it.
16 boston lettuce leaves
1 pound ground chicken breast
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 small onion, minced
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons asian chili pepper sauce or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or
1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1/2 cup water chestnuts
1/2 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup cup green onions - thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Serves 16 Appetizers or 8 Main Courses
Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar and chili sauce.
Cook the meat until it's brown. Then add water chestnuts, pine nuts and green onions. Cook until onions starts to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Stir in sesame oil. Mix the mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the first batch of lettuce leaves and eat it like a taco or fajita.
Serve some more lettuce leaves on the side and a bowl of meat mixture to do a self-serve.