Lettuce wraps are a fun and easy traditional Chinese food. They are served at New Year's because the Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, and are filled with other lucky food such as noodles and peanuts.
1 head of lettuce - any type
1 carrot, sliced into thin strips
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 red onion, sliced
For Beef Mixture:
1lb ground beef
1 tsp. chili-garlic sauce
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 cups cooked rice
2 tbs - soy sauce
1 dash of red pepper flakes
1 dash rice wine vinegar
You can put all ingredients on a table for your guests to make their own wrap, or you can make them all in advance and place them on a themed serving platter.
Heat ground beef, garlic, chopped onion, red pepper, and soy sauce in a large pot or wok on high.
Keep stirring and moving the meat until it all breaks up and cooks evenly - about 15 minutes.
Fluff the cooked rice and place in bowl.
When meat is done place in a separate bowl. Do not drain.
Place all other ingredients on serving platter (lettuce, carrots, lime, sliced red onion).