This is a traditional dish during Chinese New Year. Lettuce symbolizes prosperity and a fresh start, and the word in Chinese sounds like good fortune or prosperity.


  • 6 Ounce ground lamb
  • 1/8 Cup medium dice zucchini
  • 1/8 Cup peas
  • 1/8 Cup medium dice water chestnuts
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 Cup lamb sauce (recipe included below)
  • 4 Iceberg lettuce cups

Garnish (just enough for sprinkling)

  • Crisp rice sticks
  • Pine nuts
  • Thai basil
  • Scallions

Lamb Sauce

  • ¼ Cup garlic
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup sambal
  • ½ Cup oyster sauce
  • ¼ Cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 ½ Cup chicken stock
  • 1Tablespoon peanut oil


To prepare Lamb Sauce

In a wok, cook garlic in 1TB of peanut oil. Add sugar and sambal and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add oyster sauce, hoisin, and chicken stock and mix until well combined.

Step 1

Cook lamb in vegetable oil over medium heat until cooked through and set aside.

Step 2

In wok, cook ginger and garlic for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini, peas, water chestnuts and sugar. Toss for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are crisp tender.

Step 3

Add lamb sauce and cooked lamb. Combine all the ingredients. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Place lettuce cups on plate. Put small amount of rice sticks in each cup.

Step 5

Divide lamb mixture evenly among the cups.

Step 6

Garnish with basil, pine nuts, and scallions.