Natural Grocers Thai Style Yak Lettuce Wraps
These Thai-style lettuce wraps are delicious and bursting with flavor—a perfect combination of sweet, salty, tangy, spicy, and crunchy. Often made with ground pork or chicken, lean, nutrient-dense yak meat makes a wonderful substitute in this dish. (Don’t be afraid of yak—they are closely related to cows, and have a similar flavor profile.) This recipe works great for a weeknight family dinner or a weekend meal when entertaining guests.
- Make the Thai sauce by combining the lime juice, honey, fish sauce, chili paste, and chili flakes in a bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shallots, chili peppers, garlic, and ginger and sauté until soft, 1-2 minutes. Add the ground yak and break apart with a wooden spoon; cook until browned and cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Once done, remove from the heat and stir in the green onions, cilantro, crushed cashews, and about half of the prepared Thai sauce.
- Fill the lettuce leaves with the ground meat mixture, top with grated carrot, and drizzle the extra sauce over to taste. Make a wrap by folding the lettuce together, making a cup to hold all of the ingredients in the center (think taco-style).