People think lettuce wraps come from P. F. Chang’s. Well my mom’s been making these way before P.F. Chang’s came around (1993 incidentally)
We use pork, mushroom, peas, and the secret ingredient … spam. Yes I know Americans don’t like spam, but we Filipinos love this stuff. Spam is the one processed food I haven’t been able to resist.
Hans: I can’t believe you still like spam. It’s made of everything you’re against.
Chef Uy: Um… it’s cause I haven’t looked at what it’s made of yet.
For now, I will defer researching the spam process, lest it kill my appetite like when I looked up maraschino cherries. Anyways, for you non Filipino/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander readers, ham is also a possible substitute.
Now the only thing I have to figure out is how to make the perfect cups. Lettuce leaves are very uncooperative.
Asian Lettuce Wraps
2 Tbsp oil
2 lb ground pork
soy sauce, to taste
1 can spam, diced (or ham)
1 bag frozen peas
salt and pepper, to taste
1 head lettuce, leaves removed
hoisen sauce, to dip
Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground pork in oil. Add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in diced spam and peas. Continue cooking until done.
Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center.
To serve, spoon meat onto each lettuce cup. Add hoisen sauce, and wrap the lettuce around the meat.