Asian Lettuce Wraps

These Asian Lettuce Wraps are nothing more than seasoned ground meat nestled in a crisp lettuce leaf.  You adorn them with fresh toppings of your choice, and dinner is done in a jiffy with only one pan to clean.

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The kind of meat you choose to use is not really important.  Use whatever you prefer or already have on hand.  I chose to use ground chicken to keep things a little lighter, but ground beef, pork, or turkey works too!

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I based these wraps around the kind you would typically order as an appetizer at a restaurant like P.F. Chang’s.  The chicken is seasoned with hoisin sauce, which is a sweet Asian BBQ sauce.  And then I have fun with the toppings by pulling out whatever is leftover in the fridge.  This is perfect low-stress food for entertaining because your guests could assemble their own cups and you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen by yourself.

Asian Lettuce Wraps | ChefJulieYoon.com

Maybe that’s why I decided to make these for our last episode for Season 3, because I wanted to keep things easier for ourselves for our last shoot too.  “Simply Summer Fresh” has been a lot of fun, but now that the weather is starting to cool down and I see Facebook posts about kids going back to school, I know it’s time to bring this season of our show to an end.  Watch how I make these Asian Lettuce Wraps in EPISODE 12, our SEASON FINALE of Bits & Pieces SEASON 3 below.

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Asian Lettuce Wraps : Behind the Scenes

This is our LAST behind the scenes for Season 3 and it flew by so quickly!  I decided to end with Asian Lettuce Wraps out of necessity.  We just had a bunch of these ingredients in the fridge already because I was busy recipe testing for the Crossing Borders fundraising event at the time, and truth be told, I just couldn’t fit extra ingredients in our fridge. But it worked out because I think a light and flavorful lettuce wrap is a good way to end a season of “simply summer fresh” recipes, don’t you think?

Behind The Scenes - Asian Lettuce Wraps | ChefJulieYoon.com

We spent the morning or our shoot doing work for other projects first and didn’t start filming this episode until the afternoon.  We don’t prefer doing that because this usually means we skip through lunch and end up starving by the time we finish everything.  But I usually try to keep the last episodes of each season on the easier side, so the recipe took no time at all to shoot.

In our video, we mention that we were getting ready to go to Korea, so we had to cut the production of Season 3 a little short.  In fact, we’re in Korea right now, and I hope you’ve been enjoying our Korea Trip vlogs.  Our Asian Lettuce Wraps episode, the season finale of Bits & Pieces will air THIS FRIDAY, AUG. 28TH, but you can come behind the scenes with us below.

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Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry (닭갈비) : Korea Trip Vlog 3

Because I’m a chef, people always ask me if I’m critiquing food as I eat it.  The truth is that I don’t. The only time I do is when something tastes so exceptional that it perplexes me.  Then I become radio silent and start chewing slowly.  Inside my brain is a monkey on a computer taking down notes while I’m trying to break down why something is so delicious and why in the world I’m not making it already.  This is the experience I had eating Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry (닭갈비).

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Cilantro Peanut Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

It all began when I went a little crazy over the cilantro that was on sale at the store.  I guess the shipment they got in was a little dirty, so people weren’t buying it.  So they were selling 3 huge (dirty) bunches for $0.99.  After washing and spinning them dry, I found different ways to incorporate cilantro into my meals for the week.  But then I was still stuck with the hugest bunch of all and it was starting to die in my fridge.  So I decided to make a pesto out of it and my world hasn’t been the same.

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Meeting Our Newborn Twin Nephews : Korea Trip Vlog 2

In our second vlog of our Korea Trip video diary series, things get a little more personal.  One of the main reasons we are here in Korea in the first place is to meet our newborn twin nephews.  Joe’s brother’s family has been living in Korea for several years now, but this is our FIRST TIME visiting them!  We’ve been staying at their place and taking care of our energetic niece while her parents are at the hospital and the post-natal care facility.

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