On the table in under 30 minutes, this delicious and healthy pork Yuk Sung family friendly recipe is so easy to make. These Chinese Lettuce Wraps are the perfect pork mince mid week supper.
This easy pork mince recipe, Yuk Sung, is one of my favourite go to, lighter options.
I’m not sure how authentic this Yuk Sung recipe, but it’s totally delicious. Flavourful and really quick, we all love it, hope you do too.
How do you make Pork Mince Yuk Sung?
Yuk Sung is a super simple midweek dish, that can be made in under 30 minutes.
There is a fair bit of chopping to do but I have a little cheat to help me with this.. I use an electric chopper to get the carrots really fine does make a difference to the texture of the Yuk Sung. I would recommend this Mini Food Chopper, its great for hidden vegetable dishes too like my Bolognese Recipe.
To make Yuk Sung, firstly chop your onions, carrots and ginger and crush your garlic. Set this to one side whilst you gently fry your pork until browned.
Now remove the pork from the pan and fry the onion, garlic and ginger until softened. Add in your carrots and mushrooms and fry further.
Finally put the pork back into the pan, adding in the Chinese Five Spice, Dark and Light Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce and cook for 10-15 minutes.
Once the mixture is browned and the liquid has been absorbed by the meat you are ready to serve your pork mince Yuk Sung. I use little gem lettuce leaves as carb free wraps, and top with spring onions and chillies.
Is there a vegetarian version of Yuk Sung?
Yuk Sung can easily be made vegetarian and even vegan. Simply substitute the pork for Quorn mince or vermicelli noodles and use Vegetarian Oyster Sauce, for a simple meat free Monday or Veganuary dish.
Many Soy sauces are also gluten free so check yours and if so, this combined with the vegetarian Oyster Sauce makes this a great gluten free choice too.
Tips for making Yuk Sung:
- I have used both Light and Dark Soy Sauces in this Yuk Sung recipe. You can just use one type but it is really worth investing in two good quality soy sauces as they both add something different. Dark Soy Sauce gives a caramel colour and a sweeter taste whilst Light Soy Sauce enhances the flavour of your dishes. Light Soy sauce alone can also be salty so together they give a beautiful colour and perfect seasoning.
- Yuk Sung is traditionally served in iceberg lettuce. However, I found the size of a Little Gem lettuce to be perfect, especially for smaller hands.
- Oyster sauce is a secret Chinese ingredient, it adds amazing flavour to all Chinese style dishes. I always have a bottle in the fridge. You can also buy Vegetarian and Vegan versions.
- This Yuk Sung includes chillies, which add colour and flavour. I put these in a bowl on the table, so can be left out entirely for young children.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Yuk Sung recipe. Please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below if you do.
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- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 Onion
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1 tsp Ginger Puree or 1 inch piece if using fresh.
- 2 Small Carrots
- 250 g Mushrooms
- 2 Peppers Orange or red work well
- 500 g Pork Mince
- 3 tsp Chinese Five Spice
- 2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 3 Spring Onion Chopped
- 2 Red Chillies (add more or less depending on your taste)
- 2-3 Little Gem Lettuce
- Firstly prepare your vegetables: Chop onion and mushrooms. Peel and crush garlic.Peel and finely chop carrots. Peel and chop Ginger (if using fresh).
- Heat the oil in large open wok, fry the pork mince, with 1 tsp of Chinese 5 Spice, until browned.
- Add the onion, garlic and ginger, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, remaining 5 spice, soy sauce and oyster sauce.
- Cook on a medium to low heat for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture is browned, sauce has thicken slightly and absorbed into the meat.
- Serve in little gem lettuce leaves, and top with chopped spring onions and chillies. (Leave chillies out if you prefer).