Cheapo Cooking Episode III: Asian Lettuce Cups

Good afternoon to you all!

I have just filled up on foamy milkshake and I am ready to go! We cooked this the other night but had I uploaded it then it would have meant four posts in two days. Waaay too OTT so I have stretched it out a bit. The last few days I have been chilling at Chris' house as well as making his cousin a mean as birthday cake, but that is another story entirely. My time has been filled with A LOT of Sims 3. I don't have the Sims at home, I used to but we got rid of the PC and replaced it with Mac. Macs don't like the Sims. Which is a shame. Which is probably a very good thing. Anyway Chris was playing Team Fortress 2 so I had to do something so for hours on end we gamed. My eyes were blood shot by lunch time. Eep! Anyway the moral of the story was that my sim was extremely fertile and kept having children. Then they grew up. Hmm I didn't manage to kill anyone which was a shame. My matriarch did however become an elder. Anyway back to those lettuce cups.

This recipe is basically carb-less so guys look away. But girls is really rather tasty and it's lack of carbs means that you can have dessert too! haha excellent.

You will need for the mince:
500g beef or pork mince
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 onion
4 cloves finely diced garlic
1 chilli finely sliced (a teaspoon of chilli powder will do)
1 Tablespoon crushed ginger or 5cm root ginger grated
1 spring onion chopped
1 bunch coriander, both roots and leaves chopped
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
1 Tablespoon fish sauce
juice and rind of 1 lime
1 iceberg lettuce separated into their leaves

Sweet chilli sauce to garnish

1 red capsicum all chopped up
1 carrot julienned
1 spring onion chopped
1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts chopped

So basically you brown your mince then add all the sauces and onion and garlic and spring onions and coriander and lime. Then this simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.

From left: Fish sauce, kecap manis, sweet chilli, sesame oil.

 This fish sauce was only $1.99!

 Mum got a whole bag of these wee chillis from the Asian supermarket and keeps them in a freezer until when she needs them. Remember the smaller and redder they the hotter so you only need one. Slice them in half and scrape out the seeds. Wear gloves to stop the capsaicin (the chemical which makes them spicy) getting on your hands because it doesn't wash off easily. Then when you scratch your eye . . yeah well hmm. Just wear gloves haha.

Now get your lettuce leaves, wash them and split them so they make nice bowl shapes.

Now to serve, pop everything in bowls on the table. Place the lettuce  on the plate and everything else on the lettuce like you would when making a burrito. Then wrap it :)

And there you have it! They are really rather tasty. The sauce that the mince is in is delicious and lettuce is unfortunately not absorbent enough to soak it up.

 Have a good afternoon!