Asian Lettuce Boats with Beef (BC)

A great way to serve this crisp baked, well flavoured beef is in lettuce cups. You can serve it as a main, but also as starters to an Asian inspired meal. Don’t worry about the long list of ingredients, most are pantry items.


  • 175gr minced beef (or beef/pork mixture)
  • 1/2 chili pepper, rings
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp moist brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 tbs sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbs chopped coriander leaf
  • 1 little gem lettuce

Serves 1 as part of the Budget Challenge


Combine the minced beef, chili pepper, garlic, sugar, powdered ginger and fish sauce. Stir to combine.

Chop the onion finely. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onions and sweat until soft.
Add the beef, then bake on a high flame until brown. Stir often to avoid the beef sticking.
Meanwhile, cut the base off the lettuce. Take the leaves apart and lay them on a plate.

When the meat is brown, stir in the soy sauce. Turn off the heat.
Stir the coriander leaf into the beef. Divide it over the lettuce cups.