Couple of days ago, my husband and I went to True Food Kitchen restaurant in Scottsdale. Great food, certified organic ingredients, none of their dish is fried but a bit pricey. I ordered their Shitake & Tofu Lettuce cups and was pretty satisfied with the combination of ingredients. This actually inspired me to make my own recipe for this truly wonderful healthy dish/appetizer.

I’d love for you to make this dish for a special someone.  It’s comfort food that should be shared with someone with love, it’s messy, it’s cute, it’s romantic.

Here’s my version.


6 butter lettuce leaves or iceberg lettuce
1 cup tofu, diced
4 tbsp. Shiitake mushroom, diced
1 tbsp. scallions, diced
4 tbsp jicama, diced
1 tbsp. cashew, roasted & salted
1⁄2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted
1 tsp. wok aromatics, like ginger and lemongrass

Special Sauce: save some for garnish

1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tbsp. miso paste
1 tbsp. palm sugar or cane sugar
1⁄4 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted
1-2 tsp garlic red chili paste
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar


1 tbsp. carrots, chiffonade
1 tbsp. scallions, chiffonade

1⁄4 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted
1 tsp. pickling vinegar


1.  Heat oil in wok and add tofu, mushrooms, and aromatics. Cook until lightly caramelized.

2.Deglaze with special sauce, cook until done. Add scallions, jicama, cashews, and sesame seeds, cook for 30 seconds.

3.Portion into lettuce cups with a plating spoon. Garnish with carrot, scallions, and sesame seeds tossed in vinegar the n top with more special sauce.