Let me alert you that if you are serving this to hungry kids, the serving size given in the recipe below is immaterial. My kids can eat these till the stir-fried mixture disappears. So I would recommend either make a double or triple batch or hide whatever you need for your guests or yourself. But the great news is that it makes a great snack for kids as this spicy Asian wrap is super healthy. It is also a great and quick appetizer for a party. Please note, that the serving size slider in the recipe card below lets you change and calculate ingredients should you decide to cook for more or less than 6 people (as given in the recipe below). Here is how to make it:
You need lettuce to use as wraps. I usually go with iceberg for its lighter flavor profile as it lets other ingredient shine better. However, feel free to choose any other kind. The only condition is that lettuce should offer a wrap-like leaf. Mushrooms, onion, and jicama form the base for the filling. The lettuce wraps I ate at the restaurant used water chestnuts. But I did not find any fresh. I avoid using canned vegetables; therefore, I use jicama, which is a tuber from the bean family but looks more like a brown potato. The neat thing about jicama is that it’s texture and taste is very similar to that of water chestnut. Chop these vegetable finely to facilitate the melding of flavors.
Soy sauce and rice vinegar are almost indispensable in Asian cooking. I have recently started using coconut aminos instead of low-sodium soy sauce. Coconut aminos have slightly less sodium content than low-sodium soy sauce and are gluten free. For me lighter flavor profile of coconut aminos was the deal breaker. I use maple syrup as a sweetener, but if maple syrup is not in your pantry, honey makes a good replacement. Firm or extra-firm tofu works well. Cayenne pepper (or chili powder), lemon, ginger, and cilantro add the right amount of heat and fresh flavors, respectively. You can replace lemon with lime without changing much in the recipe.
Start by making the sweet and sour sauce (see the recipe below). While you cook the stir-fry mixture, the sauce can chill in the fridge where flavors can meld better. Also, wash the lettuce leaves and pat dry. Make the stir-fry sauce by mixing coconut aminos, maple syrup, white vinegar, and ginger. Drain water from tofu package and wrap it in a paper towel and gently squeeze it to get rid of the excess water. Cut the tofu in small cubes and in a bowl mix with half of stir-fry sauce and caynenne pepper. Stir fry tofu cubes in a skillet on medium heat. Tofu should become brown but still stay soft.
In another pan, add 1 tsp of oil and add chopped onion, cook until soft. Add minced garlic, mushroom and a pinch of salt. Cook until mushrooms are soft. Add finely diced jicama with the balance of the stir-fry sauce; cook until slightly soft. I am not a big fan of mushed jicama, but if you like it well-cooked, please go ahead. Don’t let me influence you. Once jicama is cooked to your liking, add stir-fried tofu and top it with chopped cilantro. Mix it well and stir for about 2 minutes to mix flavors. Bring the stir-fried mixture to room temperature before serving in the lettuce wrap. Top each Asian lettuce wrap with 1-2 tsp of sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy.