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Vietnamese Tofu-Noodle Lettuce Wraps

From: EatingWell

Here we toss rice noodles with crunchy vegetables, fresh herbs, tofu and a light, sweet, tart and salty Vietnamese dressing flavored with fish sauce and wrap the mixture in lettuce leaves. For a vegetarian version, use reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari in place of the fish sauce. Pass the mixture, lettuce leaves and sauce separately so everyone can make their own wraps.

Servings: 4 servings, 2 wraps each
Prep: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Rated : 
 by 1 person
2 ounces  thin rice noodles, or rice sticks (see Note)
1/4 cup  water
5 teaspoons  fish sauce, (see Note)
2 tablespoons  lime juice
1 tablespoon  sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon  crushed red pepper
8 ounces  firm or extra-firm seasoned tofu, thinly sliced
1   medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 cup  snow peas, trimmed and very thinly sliced
1/4 cup  chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup  chopped fresh mint
8 large leaves  green-leaf lettuce
1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add rice noodles (or rice sticks) and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Gently squeeze noodles to remove most of the water.
2. Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup water, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and crushed red pepper to taste in a small bowl.
3. Coarsely chop the noodles and combine in a large bowl with tofu, carrot, snow peas, basil and mint. Pour the sauce over the salad and toss to combine. To serve, spoon about 1/2 cup salad onto each lettuce leaf and roll up.
Ingredient notes: Dried thin rice noodles (or rice sticks) are also called "bunA' or "vermicelli-style" rice noodles. Look for them in the Asian section of well-stocked super markets or an Asian-foods market.
Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 197, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 747 mg, Carbohydrate 23 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 14 g, Potassium 147 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 70%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 15%, Iron 15%. Exchanges: Starch 1.5,Vegetable 1,Medium-Fat Meat 1.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Comments (1)
lrodri3 wrote:

Gross. made the recipe, could not swallow anything after a bite it just might be an aversion to fermented fish.

12/12/2010 04:05:53 PM Report Abuse

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