Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps
It's just another Mai Tai Monday.
I wish it was Sunday.
An I don't have to run day.
Cause that's my fun day.
Just another Mai Tai Monday.
Mai Tai's were originated by Vic Bergeron in 1944 and the Rum was supposed to stand out instead of fruit juices.
Well poo on them, I like the pretty, fruity Mai Tais.
With great girlfriends.
Mai Tai Monday went quite well.
A nice little girls get together.
Well, big girls actually.
You know, playing truth or dare, pillow fights in our lingerie, that sort of stuff.
Though I do think that would be a really fun party when I am about 85.
Go out with a bang I say.
Embarrass your kids until the end.
You've earned it.
I made girly Mai Tai's, parasol's, fruit skewers, butterfly lollies, pink and orange straws.
MAI TAI'S GONE WILD
This is for each glass
6-8 oz pineapple & guava punch, (diluted by directions)
1 oz Dark rum
1 oz Coconut rum
1/2 oz Grenadine
This is actually better if you macerate the fruit in the punch for a full day. You can throw it all in the blender after that, or serve it with the chunks of macerated fruit or strain and use fresh fruit on the skewers. And if you want to get snockered then just add more rum. And call me.
Because the Mai Tai here is on the sweet side, the food should be a little spicy. Years ago I had the best Thai lettuce wraps. I love Thai food. The flavors just seem to explode in your mouth like a party. This is the closest I could get to what I remember. It wasn't exactly the same but I have gladly been eating the leftovers every day since.
THAI PORK LETTUCE WRAPS
3 lbs ground pork
2 small onions, minced
1/4 c ginger, minced
1/4 c garlic/ minced
1 t kosher salt
2 T cumin
2 T red pepper flakes
1/2 c sesame oil
1/2 c soy sauce
Cilantro, torn leaves
Mint, torn leaves
Green onion, sliced
Coconut, fresh or toasted
Bibb whole lettuce leaves, 2-4 per person
Spiced plum sauce (recipe below)
Brown the ground pork in a large saute pan.
Add onions, ginger and garlic, and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
You can transfer to a crock pot at this point or continue on the stove.
Add salt, cumin, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and soy sauce.
Stir and leave in crock pot for 4-6 hours on low.
Add 1/3 of the spicy plum sauce to the meat.
Place cooked pork and extra spicy plum sauce in separate bowls.
Also place limes, cilantro, mint, green onion, peanuts, coconut and lettuce leaves in separate bowls.
Everyone makes their own adding the different toppings. Gently roll up and enjoy.
SPICED PLUM SAUCE
1 jar plum jam
6 T Tom Yam sauce
Simple, simple, simple.
Heat and stir.
I also made flower garlands. Hours of work! I absolutely love them. We have 3 different dollar stores here, and one is far better than the others and is corporate owned. This is where I bought most of the flowers. I suggest choosing flowers with layers of petals, some with varied colors, and interesting centers. Take them apart layer by layer but leave one or two layers on the center pieces. By taking the flowers apart you will get far more use and interest. I used 15 lb fishing line and hot glued a piece of the petal for some and sewed the fishing line through others. You will find what works best. I only made 5 of these because they do take a while. I used the rest of the petals randomly on the table. It was really pretty and I just put all the serving dishes on top. I made a garland with the leaves also and used it on the front porch.
To recreate the original Mai Tai if you are interested, have a look at the suggestions of ingredients from Beachbum Berry
Saint James 15-year Hors D'Age Rum
Appleton Estate Extra rum
Marie Brizard orange curacao
Trader Vic orgeat syrup
Trader Vic rock candy syrup