Monday, January 24, 2011

{I think} I can cook - PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps

Let me just preface this post by stating that I TRY to cook. I watch Top Chef and other cooking shows in awe. I accept that I'm not gifted in the kitchen. Any time I make a new recipe, my family knows one of the following things will most likely happen: 1) I will leave out  a (very important) ingredient,  2) I will drop it on the floor, 3) it will be either undercooked or overcooked. However- when I do find a recipe that works out for me, it's usually AWESOME. Tonight's recipe success has set the bar high- VERY high. Tonight I attempted to (re)create PF Changs Lettuce Wraps.

The Real Deal- from PF Chang's
A few years ago, I purchased Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipes cookbook from QVC. This recipe was in the cookbook, so I can in no way take credit for it. I can however state that I made some changes to the recipe, which I will  note below.

Special Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 - 3 teaspoons chinese hot mustard (1 for for mild, 2 for medium, 3 for hot)
1 - 3 teaspoons garlic chili sauce (1 for for mild, 2 for medium, 3 for hot)

Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar

Other Ingredients:
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (* I used canola oil)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup (8oz) canned water chestnuts - diced
2/3 cup canned straw mushrooms - diced (* I omitted this)
3 tablespoons chopped green onion (* I forgot to buy this so I used some Tastefully Simple Spinach & Herb Dip Mix instead)
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove) (* I totally forgot to add this)
1 cup fried maifun rice sticks (* I omitted this)
iceberg lettuce head
(* I also added 2 handfuls of cashews, and  made a side of brown rice)

1. Mix the Special Sauce - combine all the Special Sauce ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate.

2. Mix the Stir Fry Sauce - combine all the Stir Fry Sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

3. In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil on high heat, saute the chicken breats about 4-5 minutes each side and remove from the pan. Let it cool a bit and then chop into dime sized chunks.

4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and then add the chicken chunks, diced chestnuts, diced mushrooms, garlic, green onion and stir fry sauce. Saute for about 4 minutes and serve atop the fried maifun noodles.

5. Cut the lettuce head in 1/2 and pull apart leaves for the wraps.

6. Assemble the wraps and spoon the Special Sauce on top. Eat like a taco.

Special Sauce, Lettuce, Brown Rice, Chicken Filling

My assembled "Chinese Taco"


Kimberlie said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! My favorite item at PF Changs by far! Thank you for sharing. I'll have to make these.

Go Long! Go Green! said...

somehow yours look way better than mine when I make them!! way to go!