Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps
A fragrant and satisfying appetizer, these bundles of pork, shrimp, and scallion are great dipped in nuoc cham, a sweet and spicy Vietnamese sauce.
Yield: makes About 20 Wraps
- 1 bunch scallions, green parts only
- 1 head bibb lettuce, leaves separated and halved through rib
- 4 oz. cooked thin rice noodles
- 8 oz. roasted pork tenderloin, cut into 1/4"-thick slices
- 10 cooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and halved lengthwise
- 20 tender tops of cilantro stems with leaves
- 20 mint leaves
- Nuoc cham sauce, for dipping
- Bring a 4-quart saucepan of water to a boil; add scallion greens and immediately drain. Separate on paper towels and set aside.
- Place 1 lettuce leaf half on a work surface and top with a small amount (about 1⁄5 oz.) of the cooked noodles. Place a slice of pork over noodles and then top with a shrimp, place a cilantro top and mint leaf over shrimp, and close lettuce around fillings to create a wrap. Tie a blanched scallion green around the lettuce wrap to secure it closed; repeat with remaining lettuce leaves, noodles, pork, shrimp, cilantro tops, mint, and scallion greens until you have about 20 wraps. Serve with nuoc cham for dipping.