Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Miso-flavored Pork and Tofu Lettuce Wraps

I had a lot of lettuce in the fridge, so I decided to make lettuce wraps. This dish makes a great appetizer.

Miso-flavored Pork and Tofu Lettuce Wraps


(for the filling)
6 oz  ground pork
1tsp  egg
1/2T  potato starch
1/2T  sake
1/4tsp  black pepper

(for the sauce)
2T  miso
1/2T  oyster sauce
1T  sake
1tsp  raw brown sugar

1T  sesame oil
1/2T  minced ginger
1T  thinly-sliced scallion
 5 oz  medium-firm tofu, drained well and sliced into small cubes
3 oz  enoki mushrooms, cut into 1" length
1 oz  rice noodles (optional)
some thinly-sliced scallion
some lettuce leaves
condiments such as la-yu or garlic sauce (optional)

1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the filling and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. In a ramekin, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
3. (optional) Set a deep fryer at high heat (about 400F) and add the rice noodles. They will puff up immediately. Take them out in just a few seconds. Set aside.
4. In a saute pan, heat the sesame oil and sauté the ginger and scallion for a minute over medium+ heat. Add the pork and push by a wood spatula to break the meat into small pieces as you cook.
5. Once the meat is almost cooked through, add the well-drained tofu and enoki mushrooms.
6. Add the sauce and stir well for additional 2-3 minutes.
7. In a serving bowl, spread the fried rice noodles (optional), and make a mound with the meat on top of the rice noodles. Garnish with some thinly-sliced scallion.
8. Serve immediately with lettuce leaves and condiments.

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This dish is so easy to make and so satisfying. We use our homemade miso for the sauce, so the flavor is really deep and complex.