Vietnamese Beef And Lettuce Curry Recipe -
Vietnamese Beef And Lettuce Curry Recipe
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Vietnamese Beef And Lettuce Curry

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"A delicious mild curry to serve with steamed or boiled rice that's relatively simple to prepare. The use of lettuce in cooked meals is also an interesting novelty for Western tastes used to having it only in salads and buffet dishes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 25 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mash together the sugar and 1 clove garlic with a pestle. Mix in the fish sauce, water, chile sauce, and lemon juice.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat, and quickly saute the 3 cloves garlic. Mix the beef into the wok, season with cumin, and cook until evenly brown. Pour in the tomatoes and about 1/2 the fish sauce mixture. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Toss the lettuce into the beef mixture. Serve at once over the cooked rice with the remaining fish sauce mixture on the side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 04, 2008

I used chow mein noodles instead of rice, ¼ cup canned diced tomato/chile and a mixture inspired by these 3 recipes: Basic Curry Sauce, Chinese Style Sesame Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade. I used peanut oil, ginger, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, chile sauce, cilantro, white sugar, cornstarch, rice vinegar, soy sauce, peanut sauce, lemon juice and water. Just keep tasting and adding stuff until you like it. Lots of cornstarch added a bit at a time helps thicken the sauce without affecting taste. While I had the sauce going, I cooked the ground beef in a separate pan then drained it and added to the sauce and continued simmering. Ground beef grease is nasty so I wasn't about to cook the raw beef in the sauce. I let the food cool for a minute to thicken, added romaine lettuce and sprinkled on sesame seeds for texture. Overall, this recipe was good. The cooking times are correct to get good results. I used chow mein noodles because I’m tired of rice and they take literally 1 minute to cook. I tried this recipe because I needed to use up my ground beef, but something like this should be made with thinly sliced steak or pork.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 15, 2005

The cumin must be a type-o as previously mentioned. I used cumin and it tastes more like taco salad. Might try it with curry powder next time. The kids still liked it.

Dec 20, 2005

This was great! I used my favorite curry blend, 1/2 the tomatoes, and a little extra lettuce. Oh, and no chile sauce, since I didn't have any. The garlic gave it a slight bite. My husband and kids, who like slightly ethnic foods, loved this over jasmine rice!

Dec 03, 2005

It was a spicy sweet dish that proved worthy of my dinner table.

Jun 30, 2008

Definitely not Vietamese, but pretty good anways, and a good use of a pound of meat and a head of lettuce. I used curry powder instead of cumin, as suggested by other reviewers. I almost omitted the lemon, and I'm glad I didn't. Fish sauce's flavor needs to be covered up by any combination of foods available in my opinion, and the fish sauce mixture turned out to be surprisingly tangy, sweet, and complex.

Dec 10, 2007

I don't know how Vietnamese this really is, but it was tasty nonetheless. Would add some vegetables next time around. But with the fish sauce, a Thai sweet chili sauce, and some Sriracha (for punch), this was quite good.

Jan 28, 2006

With so many great curry recipes out there, this was just average.

Jun 12, 2009

This was good, but best of all, really easy.


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  • Calories
  • 529 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 56.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 21 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 1481 mg
  • 59%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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