As much as I wanted to believe that the Lettuce Wrap is a PF Chang’s invention, I would be wrong. Lettuce Wrap is indeed a Chinese recipe but it’s the PF Chang Empire that makes it one of the most popular and recognizable appetizers in the United States.
There is nothing not to like about Lettuce Wraps—they taste great, they’re refreshing, and it’s always fun to play with your food. Wrapping the filling in the lettuce leaf is half the fun, and popping the crisp and cold Lettuce Wrap filled with goodies into your mouth is itself a commodity that launched the billion-dollar empire of PF Chang.
- Serves 4 as an appetizer
- 3 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 8 oz (250 g) skinless, boneless chicken thighs, ground
- 3 fresh water chestnuts, chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, rinsed
- 1 heaping tablespoon chopped green onion (scallion)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or sherry
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 dashes white pepper
- Spicy hoisin dipping Sauce
- 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce or to taste
- 1 tablespoon warm water
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