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VIETNAMESE BEEF LETTUCE WRAPS with RICE NOODLES and CUCUMBER RELISH

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

DIPPING SAUCE

  • ½ Cup water

  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce

  • 3 tbsp lime juice

  • 1 tsp lime zest

  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 2 tsp minced ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions: Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Divide into small bowls for each serving.


CUCUMBER RELISH

  • 2 large English cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • 1 bunch scallions, white and light green part, chopped

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.


FILLING

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed

  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce, or more freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Cook and stir onion and ginger for 4 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and beef, breaking into small pieces. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes, or until beef is browned and no longer pink. Drain well. Stir in all remaining filling ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until evaporated, stirring occasionally.


LETTUCE & TOPPINGS

  • 1 large head #Boston lettuce (12 leaves)

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 2 ounces rice noodles (#Maifun) soaked in hot water and drained well

  • 1/2 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped

  • lime wedges

ASSEMBLY: Spoon meat mixture onto lettuce leaves, top with basil, carrots, rice noodles, peanuts, and lime wedges. Roll up and serve with dipping sauce.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Carol Borchardt is a life-long passionate cook. For more information on her personal Chef service visit athoughtforfood.com

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