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    Papaya, herb and rice noodle lettuce cups

    • Preparation time: 35 minutes
    • Cooking time: 0 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes

    Serves: 4 (makes 16)


    50g fine rice noodles
    1 large carrot, shredded or grated
    1 papaya, peeled, halved, deseeded and cut into matchsticks
    ½ x 25g pack Thai basil, chopped
    ½ x 25g pack mint, chopped
    1½ tbsp chilli jam
    1½ tbsp light soy sauce
    2 limes, juice
    16 outer little gem lettuce leaves (from 3 lettuces)
    2 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients crispy fried onions


    1. Put the noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 4 minutes then drain and refresh under cool water. Snip into 5-6cm lengths with scissors; tip into a mixing bowl. Add the carrot, papaya and herbs, tossing gently to mix. Combine the chilli jam, soy sauce and lime juice in a small bowl. Season then tip over the papaya salad, tossing to combine.

    2. Spread the lettuce leaves out on a platter, cupped sides upwards. Carefully divide the papaya mixture between the lettuce cups and scatter with the fried onions before serving. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, March 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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