Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
23 Mins
Total Time
23 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 4 lettuce cups)

Serve with long-grain white rice to complete the meal. While the pork stands to allow its flavors to meld, chop the veggies for the ­lettuce cups and get the rice going. For a milder version, seed the serrano chile or simply omit it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing gently until just combined; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork mixture to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble. Place pork mixture in a large bowl. Add cucumber and next 5 ingredients (through serrano), and stir to combine.

Step 3

Combine lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add juice mixture to pork mixture; toss. Place about 1/3 cup pork mixture in each lettuce leaf.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Has potential but was bland

July 02, 2015
I think this recipe has potential. I omitted the chile because I don't like spicy food and used ground turkey because ground pork wasn't available. I felt like these were missing a sauce. If I were to make them again I would wrap it in fresh roll wrappers and serve peanut sauce with them. 

amyallen's Review

November 06, 2013
I misread the recipe and made it with pork SAUSAGE. But it turned out great! I added extra lime juice and served with my CSA Savoy cabbage as the "roll". My daughter sneaked in tater tots as a side dish-never turned away at our table. Nothing was watery and I omitted the sugar.

Monkeygirl7's Review

September 10, 2013
We don't like cucumber in our house, so I used zucchini, instead. Also, since we are in a transition stage to eating healthier and are getting used to lots o' veggies in the main dishes, I decided to saute them along with the pork so it would be a bit more palatable to the kids. Of course, there was quite a bit of water in the pan, so I mixed a bit of cornstarch & cold water and mixed in to the hot liquid to thicken it into a sauce. Blended well with the recipe's fish sauce mixture, too. I had leftover mushy homemade yellow rice from two nights ago (which I overcooked), so sprinkled w/tablespoon of flour, mashed into patties and fried in some olive oil. Family loved it. It's going in the recipe book!

Chlumecky's Review

April 17, 2013
Family loved it. I kept all toppings in a separate container so everyone could pick and choose.

Tumbles's Review

April 03, 2013
My family loved this. I followed the recipe exact and still won't make any future adjustments. The sauce does taste a bit sour but once added to the pork mixture it balances out perfectly. I tossed everything together just before serving so my cucumbers didn't have a chance to release their water, which happens as a result of coming in contact with salt. A great weekday recipe for sure. I had some leftover rice in the fridge so I made a quick fried rice dish using eggs and green onions. Was delicious!

bjane1's Review

March 27, 2013
Yummy! I agree it was a bit messy, but the flavors were wonderful! Sugar was just right. It would be good as a vegetarian dish also.

boognish's Review

March 06, 2013
I'm not sure where the "watery" element the two previous reviewers mentioned is coming. I can think of a lot of descriptive words for this dish, including crunchy, fresh, tasty, etc... but there was nothing watery about it. All I can think is that they didn't seed the cucumber like the recipe called for? I used an English cucumber and seeded it, and had no issue with it being watery. I also wouldn't recommend any additional sugar; just use the juice from one lime, mixed with the fish sauce and the tsp of sugar. If you just drank it I imagine it would be too sour, but you'll see that it's a very small amount of liquid that will be incorporated into a very large bowl of meat and veggies. I think the ratios are just about perfect as is. Good, solid weeknight recipe. Prep everything first, because the actual cooking/combining goes by very quickly.

LDombeck's Review

March 05, 2013
I used ground chicken in this recipe and omitted the serrano for my kids. So it wasn't spicy, but we still really loved it. It was fresh and tasty. It was really messy and watery, but I just kept on eating and using my napkin :) I could see how a bit more sugar like another reviewer posted would be good, but I didn't think it was too sour.

julie08's Review

February 24, 2013
This recipe has a lot of potential, with a few adjustments. First, we tripled the amount of sugar -- the sauce was wince-inducingly sour otherwise. Second, next time we will hold back on adding the cucumbers to the mixture and save them as a topping to add at the table -- they lost a lot of water, which in turn watered down the flavor of the sauce and also made eating the lettuce cups extremely messy. Nonetheless, this was a really easy and quick recipe with good flavor; we definitely plan to make it again. We loved how it integrated Vietnamese flavors with so many fresh vegetables. Plus, my 4-year-old and 2-year-old loved it (we excluded the serrano for them)!