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Stir-fry Lettuce

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Stirfried Greens
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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. Serves 4 - 6.


  • 1 head iceburg 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 – 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil (such as Kadoya)


1. 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.
2. Combine the rice wine or dry sherry, soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok on medium-high heat and add oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Stir-fry until aromatic (5 - 10 seconds) and add the lettuce. Stir-fry the lettuce, sprinkling with the salt, for 1 - 2 minutes, until the leaves begin to wilt.
4. Give the sauce a quick re-stir and swirl it into the wok. Stir-fry for 1 - 2 more minutes, until the lettuce turns dark green. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Breakdown based on 6 servings:
Each serving contains: Calories 57, 3 g Carbohydrates, 1 g Protein, 5 g Total Fat, (1 g Saturated Fat, 2 g Monounsaturated Fat, 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat), 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 g Fibre, 273 mg Sodium, 153 mg Potassium.

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 5 out of 5
Almost Identical of Mom's, Member kentpaul65102

This looks and tastes just like my mom's recipe for this dish! I knew somewhat how to create this dish but this really nailed to what I wanted it to be.

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