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Tofu Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps

These tofu bahn mi lettuce wraps combine all of the classic flavors you love and make for a creative appetizer or light summer dinner. 

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Recipe, Mains

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 daikon radish, julienned
  • 1/2 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar + 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1, 14-oz block extra firm tofu
  • Butter lettuce (or “living lettuce”)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped (plus extra leaves for garnish)
  • 10 mint leaves, torn (plus extra for garnish)
  • Jalapeño, sliced thin 
  • Spicy Mayo: 1/3 cup mayonnaise + 1 Tbsp sriracha 

Instructions

Pickled Vegetables:

  1. Add all of your julienned vegetables (or as many as you can fit!) to a 16 oz wide mouth mason jar.
  2. Whisk the vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a liquid measuring cup and pour over the vegetables until your jar is full. Cover, shake and refrigerate while you prep the rest of the meal.

Tofu Crumbles:

  1. Use paper towels to gently press water out of the tofu block. Flip onto its side, then halve to get two full-size (but shallow) rectangles. Slice each of these pieces into thirds (see photo above). Press more water out as able – the more dry, the more crispy it will get!
  2. Heat canola oil over medium high in a cast iron skillet. Add tofu in a single layer, working in multiple batches if necessary. Fry until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. Once tofu is done, transfer from skillet to a cutting board and chop into small crumbly pieces, turning heat down to medium. Add the crumbles back to the skillet and let sit to get a little bit more crispy. Season with salt and pepper.

Building the Wraps:

  • Lay out your butter lettuce leaves and add: tofu crumbles, pickled vegetables, cilantro, mint, sliced jalapeño and spicy mayo.

Equipment

Notes

  • I was able to find the daikon radish in my grocery store, but if you can’t find it you could sub regular red or easter egg radishes
  • If you’re spice averse, feel free to omit the fresh jalapeños
  • Any type of lettuce will work as a vehicle. Try romaine or iceberg cups. 

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Keywords: vegetarian bahn mi, tofu bahn mi, lettuce wraps