Thursday, August 15, 2013

Asian Tuna Lettuce Wraps

One of the biggest side effects of moving out of a large urban area? Eating less Asian takeout. I'm ashamed to admit that I used to know what L stop I could call the noodle shop from in order for it to be ready just as I got off the train to walk home. Yes, there was a time they recognized my voice.

We've found a few good joints (LOVE Pho Grand), but the sheer convenience is reduced significantly. And I write a damn food blog, so figured I should make a quick Asian dinner of my own. My apologies to the noodle shops of Chicago for the decreased revenue.

Something about the salty, fresh flavors always call me back. The cilantro, jalapeno, green onion and cucumbers are classic -- with avocado, pineapple and tuna adding just enough twist.

Rice noodles are a great weeknight solution. The water from my tap is hot enough to soften these guys up in just 10 minutes. No boiling needed.

A quick minute to arrange this beautifully will have you wondering why you ever ate straight from the takeout box. Jump in with clean hands and make each wrap your own. 

Asian Tuna Lettuce Wraps
3 albacore tuna steaks
2 heads bibb lettuce, rinsed and leaves separated
1 package rice noodles
1/2 pineapple, thinly sliced
1 cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
1 avocado, pitted and thinly sliced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced
4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 teaspoons sesame oil
4 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons fish sauce

Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Pour over tuna steaks and allow to marinate for 15 minutes. Preheat the grill and then grill tuna steaks over high-direct heat for 3-4 minutes per side, until firm. 

In large bowl pour hot water over rice noodles, completely covering the noodles. Allow to soak until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Whisk to combine remaining soy sauce, remaining sesame oil, rice vinegar and fish sauce in a small bowl. 

Arrange pineapple, cucumber, avocado, green onions, cilantro and jalapeno on a plate, along with grilled tuna, noodles and lettuce. Let each diner assemble their own wrap and serve sauce on the side. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous! And simple! I'll have to try. Remind me to ask you about jalapeno slicing...


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