Minced Pork (or Chicken) in Lettuce Cups

2e35a66d85b5aa18c21b4ab62e38568e Minced Pork (or Chicken) in Lettuce Cupstreat for the senses and an absolute hit during parties- savory and slightly sweet, with crunch from the noodles, peanuts and fresh lettuce.

This is a popular appetizer in Chinese restaurants. Now, you can make this at home too.

Minced Pork (or Chicken) in Lettuce Cups


  • 1 lb ground pork or chicken
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 TBSP Hoisin Sauce (see note)
  • 2-3 TBSP Oyster Sauce (see note)
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 c Singakamas (Jicama)
  • Black Pepper according to taste
  • 1/3 c Unsalted roasted peanuts, crushed
  • Lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • Crispy fried bihon (rice sticks) or kropek (optional)
  • NOTE: If cooking this recipe for the first time, start with 2 TBSP each of oyster and hoisin sauce as these have very strong flavors. Take a taste test after cooking, then just add more if you prefer.


  1. Heat pan and add 1 TBSP oil. Brown the meat then remove excess water and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil. Brown garlic and saute onions until translucent.
  3. Place the meat back then add the sauces, carrots and black pepper. Stir until flavors are well incorporated. Allow the sauces to caramelize.
  4. Add jicama and cook for 2-3 more minutes, then add peanuts.
  5. Serve in lettuce cups and top with cripy fried bihon or kropek. (Optional)
  6. To make cripy fried bihon: Soak bihon in water until soft. Drain water and pat dry with paper towels. Fry in hot oil until crispy. Fry in small batches and do not overcrowd pan. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.

This recipe was published at pinoyfoodandhome.com

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