Asian-style lettuce cups

February 25, 2013 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Asian-style lettuce cups recipe

The secret to these Asian-style lettuce cups is all in the seasoning. The tender meat becomes all the more delicious when some unique spice blends are added. 

Asian-style lettuce cups


  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive or avocado oil
  • 300g lean beef mince
  • 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fish sauce
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) soya sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 5cm piece ginger, grated
  • sea salt and freshly ground black
  • pepper, to taste
  • lettuce, to serve
  • 150g cooked vermicelli rice
  • noodles, to serve
  • fresh coriander, to serve
  • These are great for a lunch
  • fresh red chilli, sliced, to serve
  • soya sauce, to serve



Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat and add the oil. Sear the mince for 3 minutes.


When brown, transfer the mince to a colander to drain any excess liquid. Return the mince to a hot pan and add the chilli, fish and soya sauces, garlic, ginger and seasoning.


Continue to brown the meat over a highheat until dry and slightly ‘crisp’.


Remove from the heat and cool slightly.


To serve, allow guests to fill their lettuce cups with mince, noodles, coriander and chilli, and a drizzle of soya sauce.


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