Peanut-Hoisin Lettuce Cups

A budget dish that will soon become a go-to favourite. Serves 4


8 large Romaine/Cos lettuce leaves
2 inches cucumber, cut into matchsticks
4 scallions, cut into matchsticks
1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup peanuts, lightly toasted
2 cups cooked rice
1 block tofu, drained, pressed, and crumbled

For the marinade:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp hoisin sauce

For the sauce:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp suitable-for-vegans hoisin sauce
2 tsp sriracha
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice powder
1/4-1/2 cup water, or as needed to thin


1. Mix all of the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl. Add the tofu and stir to coat. Set aside while making the sauce.
2. Mix all of the ingredients for the sauce, apart from the water, in a small saucepan over a low heat. Add the water as needed to thin the sauce to the desired consistency, making sure it drops from a spoon but is not too runny. Remove from the heat.
3. Heat a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat and add the tofu with the marinade. Cook until the tofu starts to turn golden brown. Remove from the heat.
4. Fill each lettuce leaf with rice, tofu, scallions, cucumber, carrots. Top with sauce and sprinkle with toasted peanuts.