It's my own original combination. It's what I like together. If it tastes like some famous restaurant, it's purely by accident.
1 lb chicken, sliced in small chunks, either white or dark meat is good
1 Tablespoon neutral-flavor oil (I used vegetable oil)
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 small white onion, diced
3 Tablespoons sake or rice wine
2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
3 green onions, chopped, green part only
1 head lettuce, washed with individual whole leaves separated
small knob of fresh ginger, peeled
cellophane noodles (optional)
1. In a medium hot frying pan, heat oil. Add chicken, season to taste with pepper, and cook until golden brown and cooked through.
2. Transfer chicken to a bowl and set aside. Add chopped onion and carrot to the same hot pan. Cook over medium-high heat until softened and onions are a nice caramel brown. You can chop the chicken into tiny pieces or leave it alone. I chopped mine.
3. Add sake, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and chicken back to pan. Use a microplane grater to grate about 1/2 teaspoon of the fresh ginger directly into the pan. I just eyeballed this so you can use more or less ginger to taste. Stir and cook until the sauce coats the chicken evenly. Remove from heat. Let it cool down a bit. If you use it too warm, the lettuce will wilt and get gross.
4. Fill a lettuce leaf with about 1/4 cup chicken mixture. Use any variety of lettuce that you like. I used butter lettuce here. The texture was very velvety instead of crisp. If you like crisp, try romaine or a leaf lettuce. Sprinkle chopped green onion, sesame seeds, and small pieces of cellophane noodles (if you're using them) on top of the chicken. Serve.
This makes a nice appetizer. You can make up a bunch of filled leaves and serve on a platter.
You can also add this to a simple dinner like steamed rice, eggrolls, potstickers, or an entree like Broccoli Beef. For this meal, I made eggrolls and steamed brown jasmine rice (found in the bulk bins at Whole Foods).
P.S. If you totally love mushrooms and want to add them, I won't mind. Leave a comment and let me know how they turned out.