Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

June/July 2006

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Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

"I loved this recipe. I used fresh basil and chives from my garden. Delicious and very filling! "

46 Reviews for Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Frankly...I was disappointed

I followed this recipe to the letter with the exception of the five-spice, as I was unable to find it. Instead, I used the same measurement of Allspice, as someone told me that it was similar. However, it didn't make a difference because it did not alter the taste whatsoever. Coupled with that, the two TBS of Hoisen Sauce did not make too much of a difference in flavor either except to make this recipe taste sweet and I don't particularly care for sweet tasting "food". To me, sweet should be reserved for deserts. Also, the photo of this recipe gives the impression that the ground Turkey becomes brown in color, but if it wasn't for the fact that I added some lite soy sauce...that would have never happened. I was reluctant to use ground Turkey as I usually do not care for its taste, but decided to just stick with the recipe as it was. Once again...not pleased with ground Turkey. All in all, this recipe did not taste Chinese at all, which is what I was looking for in the first place. I live 2 mins from Chinatown and believe me, I have eaten some of the best Chinese food anyone could ask for. Trust me...there was nothing Chinese about the taste of this dish.

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Comments (2)


ellen011655 wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

You claim that your additions

You claim that your additions "made no difference", which you then refuted by saying that it did not taste authentic. Utter nonsense. Whoever said that allspice = 5 spice was clearly not in their right mind. And finally, you don't like hoisin sauce or ground turkey. No wonder you didn't like it!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Your first mistake was

Your first mistake was replacing the five-spice with "Allspice". Read the note and get the individual ingredients that make up the five-spice because it is ridiculously full of flavor that it only calls for a bit of it. Trust me!

Extremely Easy and Delicious

I made this recipe on a whim, wanting to eat more healthy meals. I read the reviews and improvised a bit using a bit more Hoisin sauce and a bit less of the five spice. I love Hoisin so was not worried about using a bit more, but wanted it to be a bit milder for the kids so used a little less spice. It was perfect and everyone loved it and is anxious to have it again!

Simple to make
Exactly what I was looking for!

I made this on a lark so I didn't have all the ingredients (scallions - used onions), water chestnuts, etc) but it was fantastic. I never usually write a review but the recipe was exactly what I have been looking for. I've tried many other turkey lettuce wrap recipes before but they can't compare. The combination of fish sauce with the fresh basil and mint from the garden (and a little sriarcha) put this meal to another level. Everyone loved it and we ate every bit of it.

Needs hot sauce and increased hoisin

As written the recipe is a bit heavy on the 5-spice and needs at least twice as much hoisin sauce and a teaspoon at least of hot sauce (I used Sriracha).

Gluten-free, dairy-free, quick, easy
For a hard to please family

I did not use the five spices either but just improvised and threw in fresh basil and garlic, garlic powder. I did use extra Hoisin sauce (double) and topped with Sriracha. It had a great flavor!


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