As a rule, the Chinese do not eat raw vegetables, and lettuce is no exception. This is a great side dish for Chinese New Year, as lettuce is considered to be a "lucky" food. Learn how to make this simple Chinese dish in 4 easy steps.
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
- 3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or peanut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil (such as Kadoya)
- Wash the lettuce, drain and separate the leaves. It’s important to make sure the lettuce is dry). Cut across the leaves into pieces about 1 inch wide.
- Combine the rice wine or dry sherry, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring. Set aside.
- Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Stir-fry until aromatic (5 to 10 seconds) and add the lettuce. Stir-fry the lettuce, sprinkling with the salt, for 1 to 2 minutes, until the leaves begin to wilt.
- Give the sauce a quick re-stir and swirl it into the wok. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 more minutes, until the lettuce, turns dark green. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve immediately.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||4 g|
|Saturated Fat||1 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||2 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|