Vietnamese Beef And Lettuce Curry

Vietnamese Beef And Lettuce Curry


"A delicious mild curry to serve with steamed or boiled rice that's relatively simple to prepare. The use of lettuce in cooked meals is also an interesting novelty for Western tastes used to having it only in salads and buffet dishes."


1 h servings 529 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 529 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 21 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 56.9g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1481 mg
  • 59%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 25 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mash together the sugar and 1 clove garlic with a pestle. Mix in the fish sauce, water, chile sauce, and lemon juice.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat, and quickly saute the 3 cloves garlic. Mix the beef into the wok, season with cumin, and cook until evenly brown. Pour in the tomatoes and about 1/2 the fish sauce mixture. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Toss the lettuce into the beef mixture. Serve at once over the cooked rice with the remaining fish sauce mixture on the side.
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  1. 21 Ratings


I used chow mein noodles instead of rice, ΒΌ cup canned diced tomato/chile and a mixture inspired by these 3 recipes: Basic Curry Sauce, Chinese Style Sesame Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade. ...

This was great! I used my favorite curry blend, 1/2 the tomatoes, and a little extra lettuce. Oh, and no chile sauce, since I didn't have any. The garlic gave it a slight bite. My husband an...

It was a spicy sweet dish that proved worthy of my dinner table.

The cumin must be a type-o as previously mentioned. I used cumin and it tastes more like taco salad. Might try it with curry powder next time. The kids still liked it.

Definitely not Vietamese, but pretty good anways, and a good use of a pound of meat and a head of lettuce. I used curry powder instead of cumin, as suggested by other reviewers. I almost omitt...

I don't know how Vietnamese this really is, but it was tasty nonetheless. Would add some vegetables next time around. But with the fish sauce, a Thai sweet chili sauce, and some Sriracha (for pu...

With so many great curry recipes out there, this was just average.

This was good, but best of all, really easy.

Wouldn't consider this "Curry" by any means...more like a taco salad as some reviews have quoted, but boy does it taste much better than regular taco seasoning!