I made this recipe without the rice noodles, just tofu and vegetables. I substituted zucchini for carrots because my husband is allergic. Like other reviewers mentioned, I only used a couple of spoons of water (1/4 cup is way too much) and I also added a few drops of sesame oil and rice vinegar to the dressing. I also marinaded the tofu and sauteed for a couple of minutes. The dressing was amazing and lightly coated the vegetables and tofu. Red pepper flakes added a slight kick. My husband loved this dish and I will definitely be making it again!
Vietnamese Tofu-Noodle Lettuce Wraps
From EatingWell: March/April 2009
Here we toss rice noodles with crunchy vegetables, fresh herbs, tofu and a light, sweet, tart and salty Vietnamese dressing flavored with fish sauce and wrap the mixture in lettuce leaves. For a vegetarian version, use reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari in place of the fish sauce. Pass the mixture, lettuce leaves and sauce separately so everyone can make their own wraps.
7 Reviews for Vietnamese Tofu-Noodle Lettuce Wraps
This meal isn't vegetarian. Didn't someone notice FISH SAUCE???
This was an awful recipe. Very watery, and not flavorful. I added my own sauce and it still tasted like cardboard.
I have made this many times both for my family as well as to share at gatherings. It got rave reviews. At the gatherings, I was asked for the recipe. I did leave out the lettuce once and chopped everything up fine, then rolled in rice paper to make spring rolls. Wow. This is how I prepare it now. I do make my own Chinese 5 spice seasoned baked tofu instead of store bought.
I made this as written and was disappointed. Perhaps if I had heeded other reviewers' suggestions to use less water and/or add some hoisin it would have been better. As it was, I found the dressing to be very thin, and other than a little heat from the red pepper flakes it didn't seem to have much flavor at all. I also found the mixture to be chewier than I was expecting, perhaps from the baked tofu. Although I'm sure it was healthy--hence the two stars--overall I just did not enjoy it and will not be keeping this recipe to try again.