Asian Lettuce Wraps and Asian Rappers

We are pretty pumped about both the music and food aspects of this post. The recipe is a great thing to have in your arsenal for busy days AND it’s relatively healthy too. The music portion touches on a genre we aren’t super familiar with so it was very cool to learn about and expand our musical horizons.

We paired this simple, yet delicious Asian lettuce wrap recipe with…an Asian Rap playlist. The corny wordplay was too good to pass up. In addition, our limited knowledge of Asian rap (and rap’s complexities in general) offered a nice contrast to our familiarity with a recipe we’ve made multiple renditions of, multiple times.Asian Lettuce Wraps

The Grooves:

Don’t get us wrong – we have both listened to and researched a decent amount of rap/hip-hop over the years, especially whilst on a rap kick. However, our knowledge isn’t nearly as far-reaching as it is with other genres and we definitely have had limited exposure to the sub genre of Asian and Asian-American rap in particular. Thanks to a few knowledgeable  friends, NPR, and some great articles and videos we found on the inter-webs, we were able to compile a playlist that covers some of the hottest, most talented, and unique artists in the Asian Rap arena.

{Warning} We usually try to keep it pretty clean, BUT we really couldn’t get around it this time. Some (well..maybe a lot) of the songs contain explicit lyrics/content – just a head’s up.

The Grub:

This recipe is packed with protein and is low-carb as well. Another nice aspect is that you can easily make variations by using different veggies, adding more spices and/or subbing the protein  with something else (pork, chicken, tofu, etc.). We chose beef because it was on sale and kept it pretty simple veggie and spice-wise due to our busy schedules.

Ingredients:Asian Lettuce Wraps - Ingredients

  •  1-1.5 lbs. ground beef (we used 1.32 to be exact)
  • 1 head Boston Bibb lettuce
  • 1 med-lg onion
  • 7-10 white mushrooms
  • 2 tbs. soy sauce (we used low sodium)
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. oil for frying/sautéing Boston Bibb Lettuce

Directions:

  1. Chop onion, slice mushrooms and cook together on med. heat with 1/2  tbs. oil.
  2. In separate pan, cook beef with remaining oil on med-high heat until brown. Stir and break up as it cooks.
  3. Once beef is browned, stir in cooked veggies and remaining ingredients (spices & soy sauce). Cook for about 2-3 more minutes.
  4. Separate and wash each leaf of lettuce. Fill lettuce leaves with mixture and enjoy! We served ours with some sriracha and extra soy sauce.

{Kitchen tip} You can use Liquid Aminos as an alternative to soy sauce.

Asian Lettuce Wraps - frying up the filing         Asian Lettuce Wraps - Ready to enjoy!

If you happen to be a big Asian rap/hip-hop fan, please feel free to suggest artists or songs! It was refreshing to include such a unique, unfamiliar genre in this post and we are definitely interested in learning and exploring more. As always, we hope you dig the grooves and the grub 🙂

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