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ground pork filling with lettuce leaves on the side

Asian Lettuce Wraps

A delicious and flavorful pork filling wrapped with crispy lettuce for a finger linking good dish.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: lettuce wraps
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 head lettuce leaves- iceberg, butter, or romaine lettuce


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 small onion- diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic- chopped
  • 1 cup diced water chestnut or daikon-
  • ½ cup diced mushrooms baby Bella or shiitake
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped



  • Separate each lettuce leaf to rinse and set it aside to dry.
  • Make the sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir or whisk until all ingredients are incorporated. You may still see bits of cornstarch, and that's ok. Set the sauce aside.
  • Dice onions, water chestnuts, and mushrooms. Chop up the garlic and basil.
  • In a medium-size cooking pan, heat your choice of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add garlic and onions and saute till it's slightly translucent. About 2 minutes.
  • Add the ground pork. Break apart the ground pork with a wooden cooking spoon to separate the meat into small clumps. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add sauce to the pan. Stir and mix until the ground pork is covered with sauce.
  • Add and mix water chestnuts, mushrooms, and basil with the pork and sauce. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Transfer pork filling onto a serving plate or bowl and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with lettuce leaves or other fixings of your choice.
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