Serves 4; Vegetarian; appetizer/light meal
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, leaves washed & dried
- 1 medium jicama (yambean), peeled & julienned
- 2 medium carrots, peeled & shredded
- neutral cooking oil of choice
- 1 pack extra firm tofu, julienned
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbs honey/sweetener of choice
- 1 tbs sriracha or more to taste
- mint or sweet basil, leaves picked & washed
Lay out the lettuce leaves
In a large skillet or wok, heat oil on medium heat. Add jicama, carrot, pinch salt and pepper, and stir fry until translucent, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Add more oil to pan if needed on medium heat. Add julienned tofu, careful not to break the strips. Stir fry until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
In a bowl, add honey, then stir in soy sauce and sriracha. Adjust to taste.
Assemble lettuce wraps by layering: lettuce, tofu, jicama & carrot, basil or mint. Serve with dipping sauce.
Hi, I’m Gina, new blogger over at maradol.tumblr.com. This recipe is a pretty decent example of my style of cooking. I’m half Vietnamese, and heavily influenced by my mom’s style of cooking. While I don’t follow the protocol for traditional Vietnamese cuisine 100%, the country’s unique flavor profile is still very prevalent in my cooking. For example, fresh herbs (mint, basil, cilantro, etc.) are a signature garnish and finish for many southeast asian recipes.
These types of dishes are also the kind that take time to eat. Unlike a burrito or other fast food, where it’s already prepared and you just shove it into your mouth, this food is for sitting around the table with the people whom you love and enjoying a meal. As the late Judy Rodgers, owner of SF’s Zuni Café aptly described, “Recipes do not make food taste good; people do”.
This recipe is also endlessly customizable. Don’t like herbs? Leave ‘em out. Want a different dipping sauce? I would suggest the traditional nuoc mam, or even a peanut sauce.
Yes, this doesn’t meet the requirement for “paleo”, “gluten-free”, “vegan”, or “raw”, but you can easily adapt this to the diet of your choice.
Invite some people over, sit outside, have some drinks. It’s casual and a little messy, so have some fun.