Published April 5, 2013
Recipe Review: Asian Style Lettuce Wraps
Rating: 4/5

$25.47 | 25min Prep | 15min Cook Time

Giles Holbrow

As someone who considers himself more carnivore than omnivore and worlds away from anything that can be called vegetarian, I had huge reservations when this recipe was recommended to me. The fact that my nemesis, tofu, was one of the ingredients was enough to make me quiver in my boots. Yet they implored me, so I soldiered on out of curiosity.

The ingredients were simple enough, most of which you can get from any grocery store. However, totaling 25 dollars for all of the ingredients, the price was a shock. The preparation of the meal simply came down to cutting everything into either small or large chunks depending on the ingredient, with the exception of zesting the limes which required some time.

The actual process of cooking continues the recipe’s simplicity. I began by tossing everything into an olive oil laced pan, starting with the garlic, ginger, tofu, sauce and more while mixing the amalgamation steadily as each new ingredient is added. This really brought out my favorite part of the piece the smell. The mix of sriracha, peanut sauce, toasting onions and mushrooms was an unforeseen surprise as a sweet tanginess arose from the pan, filling the entire room. When it was finished cooking, I took some lettuce and used it as a taco, laying the mix inside and pooling some of the fragrant peanut sauce on top of it.

Closing my eyes and taking a quick chomp into the unknown, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. A wave of freshness brushed over me, followed by the not-so-subtle kick of the peanut sauce, which gave the dish its real flavor. It was after diving headfirst into the wrap that I realized one problem: this was going to be a messy meal, forcing me to resort to a pile-it-all-up on the plate technique. Thankfully, the awesome taste and smell was preserved.

With the ability to take this one recipe and have enough food to fill an apartment’s worth of hungry people I would say that around one or two wraps is enough for most this is definitely a ‘bang for your buck’ dish. Even though the preparation, time and price can be considered a bit much for some, the fact that you can get up to five wraps is a huge plus to your wallet, not to mention your taste buds.

Full Ingredients List:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fnely minced fresh ginger
  • 5 ounces mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces firm tofu, crumbled and pressed dry in between 2 paper towels
  • 3 cups fnely shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 Cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1A cup soy or tamari sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • l teaspoon honey
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup cashews, lightly toasted, nely chopped
  • Cup chopped cilantro
  • l small head Bbb lettuce
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