Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Asian Lettuce Wraps

An assortment of fresh ingredients are wrapped in Bibb Lettuce cups and dipped in sweet chilli sauce   This is a great starter and so easy to assemble.

2 heads Boston/Bibb lettuce
2 stalks green onions
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh mint
2 large carrots
1 handful fresh bean sprouts
3 lemons or limes
½ lb. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
¼ lb. mung bean vermicelli (aka glass noodles)
Sweet chilli sauce (recipe below)

Separate leaves of lettuce.
Chop green onions and cilantro.
Remove stalks from mint.
Grate two large carrots.
Remove tails from bean sprouts.
Wash and drain each of the above thoroughly.
Cut lemons/limes into eighths.
Blanch shrimp in boiling, salted water just until they turn pink.
Blanch vermicelli in boiling water for 2 minutes and drain.
Serve everything in separate dishes and let each guest assemble his/her own lettuce wrap to taste.
Use sweet chilli sauce for dipping the lettuce wraps.

Serves: 6-8
Preparation Time: 15 mins.

Sweet Chili Sauce

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoon red chili paste, such as sambal oelek
1/2 carrot, finely shredded

In a blender, puree all ingredients, except carrot.
Add shredded carrot.
Pour into a small bowl and serve with Asian Lettuce Wraps.

Makes: 1 cup

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