Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pork Lettuce Wrap

Ground meat is so versatile. This is my whimsical lettuce wrap.

1/2 lb. ground pork
4 ea. shiitake mushrooms, cut into small dice
1 tsp. garlic
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. tobanjiang (Chinese hot bean paste)
1 cup soy bean sprouts
1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsps. sake
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. tian mian jiang (Chinese flour paset)
1 tsp. sugar

Butter lettuce
Chopped herbs

Combine the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

In a wok, heat the sesame oil and saute ground pork at medium heat. When the pork is almost cooked through, add the shiitake mushrooms and continue sauteing for another couple of minutes. Make a small empty spot in the wok and add tobanjiang and heat it until fragrant, then stir with the pork mixture.

Add the sauce mixture and stir. Turn the heat to high. When the sauce is well blended with the other ingredients, add the soy bean sprouts and stir for another minute.

Enjoy with the lettuce and the chopped herbs.