Anna’s Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.

Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Cups

This is a crowd pleasing canapés/nibble/starter. It goes down well with both kids and adults alike. I love sharing platters instead of the formality of sitting around a table. Even Fussy Finn who claims to hate lettuce loves these!

Serves: 8-12 as a canapé

Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Difficulty: easy


1 tbsp oil
500g pork mince
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 red chilli chopped
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
20g coriander, stalks chopped, leaves reserved
6 x Little Gem Lettuce
Spring onions shredded chopped

Add the oil to a hot frying pan and add the mince and garlic. Break up the mince and stir every couple of minutes so that the meat browns. The liquid needs to completely evaporate.

Add the fish sauce, soy, coriander stalks and brown sugar. Continue cooking (about 8 minutes) until the meat looks brown and sticky.

Cut the bottoms off the lettuce and separate the leaves. Spoon the mixture between the largest lettuce cups (save the middles for a salad) and finish with coriander leaves, the shredded spring onions and a squeeze of lime.

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