Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lettuce cup with minced Pork croquettes and salsa - Featured in Petitchef

Usually when hubby returned from a long biz trip, he has no stomach for any rich food.  He usually request for a simple sandwich and some greens.  My intention was to prepare for him a grill cheese and grill vegetables sandwich and serve with a small bowl of salsa two nights ago.  When I was preparing the meal, I was hungry.  Then, I saw a plate of minced pork croquettes which my Mum made on the kitchen table.  I took a croquette, plucked a leaf of Romanian lettuce and spoon a little salsa on the croquette and eat.  It was SOOOO delicious! The flavors blend so well together and I immediately told Mum that I have discovered a great appetizer by accident!  Then, I assembled another one for her to taste.  She totally agreed with me.  I served the same to my hubby before I serve him the sandwich. The moment he took a bite of the appetizer, I can see that he likes it.  His expression told me so. Like I said before, good things should be shared. This new appetizer is worth sharing! One caution though, you have, I repeat, you have to lay the croquette on the lettuce cup and spoon some salsa on top of the croquette and eat it altogether to get the UMAMI!  Trust me, it is worth the try!

Ingredients for minced pork croquettes:
½ cup vegetable oil
1 head of small Romanian lettuce

150 gm minced pork
80 gm diced chives
3 water chestnuts, chopped
1 tbs sweet choy poh (come to packet form)
3 eggs lightly beaten

Ingredients for Mango Salsa:
3 plum tomatoes diced
½ mango diced
1 pc Japanese cucumber, diced
1 cup choped parsley
½ red capsicum diced
½ yellow capsicum diced
½ orange capsicum diced
½ lemon (squeezed out the juice)
2 tb extra virgin olive oil
½  medium white onion diced
1 ts sugar
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method of making the salsa:
In a big bowl put all the above ingredient together and mix well and put it into fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. It taste better eating cold.  Taste even better the next day.

Method of making the croquettes:
Mix A together and let it marinate for about 30 mins.  Heat oil in a frying pan and take 1 tablespoonful of mixture A and fry till both sides of croquettes are golden brown. 

Method of of assembly :
Please refer to the picture but you can always create your own presentation because there is no fix rule.


  1. saying Hi to you here..met you at the video shop.
    will be recommending your food blog to my friends.

    have fun creating recipes !

    do you have a facebook?

    just me

  2. Hi just me,

    Thanks for dropping by and recommending my blog

  3. Nice "accidental" discovery! Gorgeous dish, too.

  4. Thanks Belinda:D Want to know something? My son was an nice accidental discovery too! I have never regretted having him! Although I can't say he is a gorgeous dish but I must say he is a GORGEOUS young lad! LOL!

  5. What a great recipe; I just love it! everything is attracting me. I love that you mention Umami; I wrote a post all about it; I learned so much in my research.

  6. Rita,

    I read your post on Umami. Great info! So happy to know you like this dish.

  7. WOW! your food is gorgeous! i wish i stumbled upon something this amazing!

  8. Hi Claire,
    Thanks for the "WOW" I see first thing in the morning! It made my day! I appreciate your visit and taking time to leave a comment. Have a wonderful day my dear:D


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