• 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 175g beef steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves , thinly sliced
  • 2cm piece fresh root ginger , thinly sliced and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Baby Gem lettuces
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  1. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan. When the wok is really hot, tip in the beef and pepper, then cook for a few mins until lightly browned and the beef is cooked through.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and sesame seeds, then cook for 1-2 mins more, stirring often until they start to turn golden.
  3. Pour over the soy sauce and 2 tbsp water, let it reduce to a thick syrup, then drizzle with the sesame oil.
  4. Separate the leaves from the lettuces and arrange on a plate. Spoon a little of the beef mixture into each leaf, drizzle with pan juices and serve warm.
The traditional recipe for this dish also has sugar added which "seasons" the sauce even more. If you would like to do this then add 2 tsp of palm or coconut sugar at step 3.