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Thai Chicken & Glass Noodle Lettuce Cups

How about this to get some more greens on your plate? These eat-with-your-hands lettuce cups are a celebration of all things crunchy, fresh and spicy, and I love to serve them family-style, so everyone around the table can dive in and help themselves.


Thai Chicken & Glass Noodle Lettuce Cups

5 minutes
10 minutes

80g dried glass noodles (also known as mung bean, cellophane, bean thread vermicelli noodles)

300g (14 oz) chicken mince

6 small Asian red shallots (or 1 large French eschallot), sliced

4 tbsp finely chopped sawtooth coriander (use regular coriander as an alternative)

¼ cup mint leaves, plus extra to serve

¼ cup finely sliced purple cabbage

sliced cucumber to serve

lettuce leaf cups to serve



1 tbsp raw glutinous rice (also known as sticky rice)*

4 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp finely shaved palm sugar

2 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)

4 tbsp lime juice

  • Step 1

    Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with warm but not boiling water. Allow to soak for 5-6 minutes or until just tender. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    For the dressing, toast the rice in a dry frying pan over high heat until golden brown. Remove from heat and use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder to grind rice to a fine powder. Mix the rice powder with the remaining dressing ingredients.

  • Step 3

    Place a non-stick pan over high heat. When it’s hot, add in a ¼ cup of water. Then add the chicken mince. Break up the mince as it cooks. When cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer the mince to the bowl containing your noodles (discard the cooking liquid). While the chicken is warm, add the shallots and a couple of tablespoons of the dressing and toss. Add the coriander, mint leaves, cabbage and the remaining dressing and toss until well combined. Adjust the seasoning with more fish sauce/chilli powder or lime juice to taste.

  • Step 4

    Serve with cucumber, extra mint leaves and lettuce cups.

  • Notes

    – Using glutinous or sticky rice will give you a softer rice powder that creates a thick and soft coating for the finished salad. If glutinous rice is unavailable you can still use regular long grain or jasmine rice to add a similar toasty flavour with a slightly crunchier texture.

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What our customers say

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January 23, 2023


Wow have always wanted recipes like this. I am such a fan.

January 23, 2023

Dressing is good on salads, marinade, noodles...everything!

made the salad and dressing as it-and was fantastic. i have since made may versions using this and that in the fridge. the dressing is delicious on noodles and salads, smashed cucumbers and as a meat marinade too.

mmm,mmm chefs kiss!

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