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 Post subject: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:14 am 
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Does anyone know what kind of lettuce works best for lettuce wraps? I've tried to find something similar to the lettuce cups from PF Changs, but have no luck. Every head of lettuce I buy is just kind of limp and not crisp and doesn't work well for holding any sort of food

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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:45 am 
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Iceberg isn't the most nutrition-packed but I think it works well for lettuce cups.
Edit: I really want to make these San Choi Bau because I used to eat that all the time as a kid
http://www.food.com/recipe/vegetarian-s ... bau-198338

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:58 am 
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bibb or boston or endive perhaps

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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:51 am 
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Little Gem lettuces are good for holding food, though probably not big enough to actually "wrap". They look good on a plate to serve though.

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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:19 pm 
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Butter lettuce or iceberg. Once you cut and rinse your lettuce, you can let it sit for a few minutes in a bowl of ice water. It'll help refresh the leaves and crisp them up.


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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:23 pm 
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Iceberg all the way! If it's good for one thing in this entire world it's got to be wraps.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:26 pm 
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Awesome, thanks for the tips!! I'll give iceberg or butter a try

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:31 pm 
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My first thought was Boston or Bibb. The leaves are soft and flexible, and perfectly circular.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:17 am 
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Iceberg! I only use it to make a homemade version of PF changs lettuce wraps, complete with the crispy noodles on top!

mmmmmmm I think I need to make these soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:27 am 
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Well now that that's settled, does anyone have a good recipe for the filling part of those PF Chang's wraps?


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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:14 am 
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Amy wrote:
Well now that that's settled, does anyone have a good recipe for the filling part of those PF Chang's wraps?



I dont have an exact recipe but here is what I use/do.

Garlic minced - lots
Ginger minced/grated - lots
Onion minced- not lots
Tofu not quite minced but not big chunks.
Rive Vinegar
Regular White Vinegar
Soy Sauce or Braggs
A little agave
crushed red peppers

uncooked cellophane noodles
iceberg lettuce

Cook ginger, garlic, onion til soft. Add tofu and some vinegar, soy, crushed red, agave and cook until hot. Remove from pan and put in serving dish
Add oil to pan and heat. Fry uncooked cellophane noodles until they puff up and get white and crispy. This literally only takes 1-2 seconds. It's pretty cool to watch.
Transfer to another serving dish
Assemble and dip in/pour on whatever asian sauces you like. I usually just mix some of the above liquids together with some spicy chinese mustard.

Googline PF Changs lettuce wraps recipes also brings back a bunch of different recipes.

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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:22 am 
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Thanks! I printed out a recipe from somewhere, but haven't tried it. But I'll give your method a go too. Good to know about the cellophane noodles; those things usually squick me out - too googly!- but I'll get them for this.


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 Post subject: Re: Lettuce for Wraps?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:02 pm 
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It's not lettuce, but collards work really well. Again, not lettuce but you can use cabbage to make golumpki (polish stuffed cabbage).

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