Vegan Crispy Duck Lettuce Wraps (GF)
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Vegan Crispy Duck Lettuce Wraps (GF)

These Vegan Crispy Duck Lettuce Wraps are full of flavour and a great alternative to the traditional version!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword vegan asian appetizer, vegan chinese takeout, vegan crispy duck
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 lettuce wraps
Calories 21kcal
Author Rhian Williams

Ingredients

For the ‘crispy duck’:

  • 6 heaped tablespoons coconut flakes (or sub flaked almonds)
  • 1 teaspoon tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of Chinese five-spice*, to taste

For the plum sauce:

  • 2 plums, peeled and de-stoned
  • 1 cm (1/2 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup to taste (or sub any other sweetener)
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of Chinese five-spice*, to taste

To serve:

  • Cucumber, sliced into thin strips
  • Spring onions, sliced into thin strips
  • 6 Lettuce leaves (Romaine, iceberg, butter lettuce or chicory all work well)

Instructions

For the ‘crispy duck’:

  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well, ensuring each piece is well-coated in the sauce
  • Heat in a frying pan on low-medium heat, stirring regularly until crispy. This should take 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to burn it!

For the plum sauce**:

  • Add all ingredients to a pan and simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly, until plums become soft and squidgy
  • Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly
  • You can either serve the plum sauce like this or if you prefer a smoother consistency, blend it until smooth using a food processor or blender (a hand-held stick blender also works well)

To serve:

  • Fill the lettuce cups with cucumber, spring onions and about 1 tablespoon each of the ‘crispy duck’, and serve with the plum sauce for dipping
  • Devour immediately

Notes

*Five-spice is best used sparingly, so please only use a tiny pinch of it as the flavour can be quite overwhelming.
**For an easier version, use plum jam in place of the fresh plums and agave syrup, and there's no need to cook it!

Nutrition

Calories: 21kcal