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Spinach, Lamb and Vermicelli Lettuce Cups

Quiche 'n' Tell
Crunchy lettuce rolls filled Asian style lamb and delicate vermicelli
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 4


  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce with leaves 3 per person removed, washed and dried
  • 200 g lean lamb mince
  • 3 cups spinach chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger minced
  • 2 fresh or dried red chillies chopped
  • 100 g rice vermicelli
  • 1 tbsp dark soy
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 11/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
  • salt


  • Bring water to boil in a large pot, turn off the heat, add the vermicelli, cover and leave to cook for 5-7 minutes, rinse under cold water and drain in a sieve. Set aside.
  • In a wok or pan, heat sesame oil and quickly fry minced ginger and garlic with some sugar for a minute or two taking care not to burn. Add the lamb and stir fry on high heat till browned and semi cooked.
  • Now toss in the spinach and red chillies and fry for a further 7 minutes till cooked but not soggy. Add soy, vinegar and cook for a minute more before mixing in the vermicelli. Check the seasoning and finally sprinkle the sesame seeds over the filling.
  • Spoon this filling into lettuce leaves (shape into rolls if you want) and serve with wasabi-soy.