Yuk Sung (Spicy Pork in Lettuce Wraps)

Yuk Sung (Spicy Pork in Lettuce Wraps)

More like Yum Sung am I right?……. No?


You’re right that was terrible. Right I’ll get back to telling you about this Chinese classic that I think can find a new home with today’s nutritional concerns. Flours and grains are the devil. Tortilla’s are satan’s mexican treat.

If you subscribe to the Paleo diet or any other type of anti grain + flour thinking then lettuce is where you will find your savior. In many respects lettuce is a better wrap than a tortilla. They are supremely crispy and crunchy once you keep it in the fridge and they are calorie neutral. Water never tasted so good!

The mince is the star though, lets not get carried away. The five spice adds so much depth to the pork and the hits of chili and coriander make this such a fun family dinner. Plus its a finger food which is always fun. Food should be more fun in general.

For a Paleo version just sub out the soy sauce with some salt and pepper to taste!

Yuk Sung (Chinese Stir Fried Pork for Lettuce Wraps)


  • 1 Head of Ice Berg Lettuce
  • 600g Pork Mince
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese 5 Spice
  • 50g Cashews (Just lightly crush them)
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Red Chilli (Diced)
  • 1 Spring Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Large Bunch of Corriander (Tear the stalks off the leaves and finely chop the stalks and leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Diced)


Step 1. In a frying pan, over a medium/high heat add some Oil and the garlic + mince
Step 2. When half the mince is cooked add the Chinese 5 Spice and chop the stalks of the coriander into the dish
Step 3. Keep cooking and stirring the meat until it is browned and starts to stick to the pan a bit. Add the cashews at this stage
Step 4. Once it starts to stick lower the heat to medium and add in the soy sauce, sesame oil and half of the diced up chili.
Step 5. Continue to cook it for another 5 minutes and then add the honey and the chopped spring opion
Step 6. After another 2-3 minutes of cooking you can take it off the heat and add the chopped coriander leaves, the other half of the chili to garnish the dish
Step 7. Snap the Individual lettuce leaves off to form the veggie taco shells for the meat

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