Have you ever had one of those meals where you think you made enough and expect there to be leftovers but the entire meal is inhaled within 15 seconds because it tastes SO good? This is one of those meals. At least it was for us. The first time I made these, there were just 2 of us home for dinner so I only used a pound of ground pork. It wasn’t enough. We were both stuffed like ticks and considering licking the bowl. Well, I was at least.
This was also the first recipe I’d ever made that used fish sauce. Now, by itself, fish sauce tastes like death wrapped in pennies but it adds such a wonderful flavor as an ingredient. I no longer fear the fish sauce. I just won’t lick my finger if some drips down the side of the bottle.
I’ve said that before but have done it absent-mindedly more than once.
Not only are these one of the best things you will ever taste but they are EASY. While you are browning the pork, mix the sauce. Once the pork is cooked, about 7 minutes later, mix in the sauce then stuff into your face.
I prefer to use butter lettuce for these but sometimes you have to use what’s available. Fortunately, this pork tastes just as good on iceberg lettuce and romaine. The lettuce in the pictures is quite fresh but the heat from the pork caused it to wilt a bit which is actually a plus when it comes to eating it. If the lettuce is too crunchy, it will break when you go to eat it.
A note about buying ground pork: read your label! The pork I had been getting at Kroger had 700mg of sodium per 2oz serving. 700 mg! I made the mistake of assuming that the ground pork was just that: ground pork. I had no idea they added so much salt to it as well. I asked the meat department if they had an alternative and they directed me to their reduced fat ground pork which I usually get when they have it, fortunately. It still has some added salt but much, much less.
I’ve never made this with ground chicken or turkey but I imagine it would still be quite tasty! If anyone ever makes this with fowl instead of pig, please let me know how it turns out. Kthxbai!
- ¼ c chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp sweet chili sauce
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 head butter or iceberg lettuce, leaves removed in whole pieces if possible
- In a small bowl, mix the cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce, sweet chili sauce and brown sugar. Mix well; set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the pork and cook, stirring to break up clumps, until the pork is cooked through.
- Remove from the hear, drain, and stir in the sauce. Serve with the lettuce leaves to make wraps.