Spicy mince & lettuce cups

Spicy mince & lettuce cups

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(23 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Ready in 25 minutes


Serves 4
A Thai inspired-dish which is quick, simple, cheap and low fat – yet still feels special and is full of flavour. A great pre-dinner nibble

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal253
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre0g
  • protein29g
  • salt1.73g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • large piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 500g minced chicken, turkey or pork
  • 85g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 lime leaves, finely shredded
    Lime leaf

    Lime leaf

    ly-m leef

    Lime leaves are obtained from the kaffir lime, which is not a true lime at all but rather a…

To serve

  • mix of iceberg lettuce, Little Gem and cos leaves
  • large handful mint and coriander leaves, very roughly chopped
  • handful toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced into rings



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the ginger, garlic and chillies for 1 min. Add the mince, then cook on a high heat until golden brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and shredded lime leaves, then cook everything down until sticky.

  2. Tip the mince into a serving bowl, then serve with a bowl of lettuce leaves for wrapping the mince in; the herbs, shallots and peanuts for scattering over; and the lime wedges for squeezing.

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10th Jun, 2011
You can use this recipe to make tortillas or fajitas. Slice the iceberg lettuce and use some sour cream as topping
3rd May, 2011
Did as a mid week main.Did not use the peanuts - turkey mince which we love.It was easy quick & delicious.My guy even ate the lettuce (Romano) !
2nd Mar, 2011
This is delicious! I did it as a standing starter round our kitchen island. Everybody absolutely loved it. I used turkey mince. Have done it again since as a main course, with some green beans and noodles instead of the lettuce.
22nd Aug, 2009
very simalar to sang choy bow was enjoyable made enough to feed me and my two daughters for dinner i used the pork mince will eat again :)
2nd May, 2009
I made this for a dinner party and it was a stunning starter. It looked and tasted very impressive. I cut back on the chilli by half and it still had a kick.
23rd Jan, 2009
I've tried many variations of this wrap but never come across one that completely satisfied. This might not have been 100% perfect (too sweet for my taste and requires more of a kick. Then again, I am Asian!!), but it came close!! This is not Chinese so much as it is Thai - the taste comes closest to replicating the traditional Meng Khum (or Miang Khum). The peanuts and the limes are a must-have with this dish. Will make again!
13th Jul, 2008
I made this for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious! I agree that it was really easy - the only mildly faffy part was preparing everything. I couldn't get lime leaves, so I used curry leaves as the Glossary on here suggested, and I didn't bother with the mint, but I didn't feel like anything was missing at all. I can't wait to have people round, so I can make this and show off!
25th Mar, 2014
remember ... you can keep "kaffir lime leaves" in a plastic ziplock bag in the freezer !
9th Jul, 2008
I made this as a starter to a recent bbq. It went down really well - everyone loved it. I made it with lamb instead of the suggested minces and doubled the quantity. The freshness of the lettuce leaves really complimented the meat. Definately making again - so easy!!


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