Serves 4 to 6
1 lb (500 g) extra-lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped
2 limes, juiced
3 tbsp (45 ml) fish sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml) sugar
1 small bunch mint, roughly chopped
4 stalks green onions, chopped
½ bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
3 bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped (adjust amount according to taste)
3 heads baby gem lettuce, leaves separated and washed
2 limes, quartered


  1. Heat a large sauté pan over mediumhigh heat. Add beef and spread it evenly over pan, brown it on one side. Stir beef and break it up into small pieces. Add garlic, shallot and lemongrass. Cook until all liquid has evaporated from pan. Drain off excess fat and put the pan back on the heat.
  2. Add lime juice, fish sauce and sugar, cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Add mint, green onions, cilantro and chilis. Make sure to wash hands thoroughly after handling chilis. Serve with lettuce leaves to make lettuce wraps. The lime wedges can be squeezed over each beef wrap to taste.
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