Saturday 29 August 2015

Chicken Lettuce Wraps 鸡丁生菜卷

The Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A single dish good enough to go with a bowl of plain rice. It is a dish that screams mom's home cooked food (家常菜)!

It is very easy to prepare and cook. And very budget friendly. 

Ingredients (enough for 2 to 4 pax if served together with rice) :

  • 1 big pc of boneless chicken thigh (washed, drained and chopped to dices)(I rubbed the chicken with a pinch of salt after drained and set it aside for 10 minutes before cook)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables 
  • 4 pcs dried mushrooms (soak to soften and diced)
  • 6 to 8 pcs iceberg lettuce (washed and drained)(to be used as wraps)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 4 slices of ginger (finely chopped or grated) 
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 stalk of spring onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 stalk cilantro/coriander (optional)(finely chopped)
  • 1 pc red chilli  (optional)(sliced)
  • 2 tbsp shaoxing wine or rice wine 
  • 1.5 tbsp light soy sauce
  • few drops of dark soy sauce
  • a small pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

(tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon)    

Tip : I prefer finely chopped water chestnuts but substituted with frozen mixed vegetables as I ran out of water chestnuts. You do not have to strictly follow the recipe on the usage of ingredients. Just make use of what comes handy to you.

Method :

Heat cooking oil in skillet or wok. Then sauté aromatic ingredients in the following sequence : ginger, onions, garlic.
At medium to high heat, fold in the chicken dices and stir fry for 1 minute. 
Add diced mushrooms when chicken is about 70% cooked. After that, you may add 1.5 tbsp light soy sauce, few drops of dark soy sauce, a small pinch of salt, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp rice wine. Stir all ingredients.
When chicken is almost cooked, add mixed vegetables (or finely chopped water chestnut if you have). Toss the ingredients again for another 1 minute.
When all ingredients are cooked, turn off the heat/fire and add red-cut chilli (optional), coriander (optional) and spring onions. Give it a final toss with 1 tsp sesame oil and transfer to serving bowl.
Ready to be served with iceberg lettuce.
This is really yummy! Exactly from a mom's kitchen.


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