Ah, lettuce cups.
These have been one of my favorite appetizers ever since I had my first one at Betelnut here in San Francisco more than a decade ago.
Unfortunately, in moving to a low-FODMAP diet, lettuce cups (and much Chinese food) went into the category of foods that I didn’t trust to order when we go out.
This was especially a bummer because I loved ordering them when we’d be on the road somewhere that has a P.F. Chang’s. (Living in San Francisco, we don’t eat at many chain restaurants. They’re simply few and far between thanks to local ordinances that limit them to encourage local businesses.) P.F. Chang has a solid gluten-free menu. But it’s hard to avoid the onions and garlic that following the low-FODMAP diet requires.
That’s why when I saw this “PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps” copycat recipe pop up on Twitter, I got inspired.
Making lettuce cups low-FODMAP friendly
My version omits the onion, garlic, and hoisin sauce, replacing them with low-FODMAP alternatives.
You can eat the lettuce cups with a side of rice as a healthy dinner for two, or as an appetizer for four.
I’m such a fan of them, that I’m already planning to make the lettuce cups as an appetizer for our next family potluck. It can be challenging to find things to bring that heat up quickly and can survive a couple of hours on the road in the cooler. But these lettuce cups will fit the bill nicely.
For a little extra flavor, drizzle a teaspoon of tamarind chutney. over the top of each lettuce cup.