Your Questions About Lettuce Wraps

Carol asks…

lettuce wraps?

I’m looking for the closest recipe to PF changs lettuce wraps. Anyone know it????

richmama answers:

Pf Chang’s Chicken-Lettuce Wraps

MARINADE
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons sherry wine or red wine
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons soy sauce
FILLING INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced small
5 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger or grated ginger
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup green onions, minced
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, minced
1 (8 ounce) can bamboo shoots, minced
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, minced
1 (6 ounce) package chinese cellophane noodles, cooked to pkg. Directions
COOKING SAUCE
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry wine or red wine
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
lettuce leaves, washed and taken off the head but left whole

Mix all ingredients for “cooking sauce” and set aside.
In medium bowl, combine marinade ingredients and mix well. Add chicken and stir to coat thoroughly. Stir in 1 t. Oil and let sit for 15 minutes.
Heat wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 T. Oil, then add chicken and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
Add 2 T. Oil to the pan. Add ginger, garlic, and onion and stir-fry for a minute or so. Add mushrooms, bamboo shoots and wter chestnutsl stir-fry an additional 2 minutes. Return chicken to the pan. Add mixed cooking sauce to the pan. Cook until thickened and hot. Break cooked cellophane noodles into small pieces and cover bottom of serving dish with them. THen pour chicken mixture on top of noodles. Serve along side lettuce leaves for everyone to take what they want, and then spoon into lettuce leaf and roll (like a burrito) individually themselves.

John asks…

What would be good to eat with lettuce wraps?

I made lettuce wraps in my Foods class and I liked them so much that I want to make them for my family. What else should I make for my dinner? what would be a good side dish with lettuce wraps?
There is chicken inside of it. If you have ever been to pf changs it is like the lettuce wraps that you get there.

richmama answers:

Fried rice

Ken asks…

What to serve with chicken lettuce wraps?

So I buy this really good lettuce wrap fillings at my local Safeway, and obviously serve it with lettuce, and usually I make a batch of veggie fried rice.

I’m sick of fried right, thought. I bought rangoon at Costco, but what’s something of substance I can serve with lettuce wraps?

Keep in mind I’m feeding a guy too, so it has to be fairly filling.

richmama answers:

I make my own lettuce wraps that are ridiculously good and easy, plus you get PLENTY to eat, so they are filling enough for the main dish (here’s the recipe if you’re interested…even though I know you already have a favorite: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Asian-Lettuce-Wraps-2/Detail.aspx — read my recipe review for my suggested changes [same user name – will come up as the top when sorted by most helpful])/

My boyfriend can eat a house if he tried, so I understand your “must be filling” dilmma. To satisfy him, I usually bake up some egg rolls (frozen food section) and make some hot and sour soup. Here’s my recipe for the soup. (Note: I’ve tried some of the hot and sour mixes, and they’re HORRIBLE. My recipe is pretty authentic-tasting, in my opinion.) … If you prefer egg drop soup, it’s super easy to make (no recipe handy, but any search online should bring up something):

4 oz pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
1 – 32 oz box chicken broth
1 – 14 ½ oz can garlic flavored chicken broth
8 oz bamboo shoots, thinly sliced
1 – 8 oz can sliced mushrooms, drained (use shiitake and tree ear mushrooms if you want to be super authentic….canned works fine for me though! 🙂
1 T soy sauce
2 T red wine vinegar
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp salt
3 T cornstarch
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp sesame oil
4 oz firm tofu, cut into ½” cubes
3 green onions, sliced (optional)

Combine the broths, pork, and bamboo shoots in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until pork is cooked all the way through. Stir in the mushrooms, soy sauce, vinegar, and the salt and pepper.
Combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water, and slowly mix into the soup. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Add the tofu and sesame oil and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
Remove from heat and gradually stir in the egg. Top each serving with some green onions, serve hot.

Joseph asks…

How To Prevent Lettuce Wraps From Falling Apart?

Currently I am low-carb dieting and am looking for some alternatives for my lunch. I was thinking of making some lettuce wraps basically like some ham or roast beef, cheese wrapped in Romain lettuce, my question is how do I keep the wrap together? Like some sort of tie or something?

richmama answers:

You can assemble them as you eat them … Or you can roll them up like stuffed cabbage or burritos and put them in your lunch container seam-side down

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