A few weeks ago, I was lucky to pick up some reduced packets of Pork mince from Waitrose, 99p for 500g. I got two packets which I put straight in the freezer when I came home. Reduced items are a brilliant way of saving a bit of cash on your shopping. But only if you need it or definitely are going to use it. Often, I go to the shops and see something I would never use or normally buy, in that case, what is the point? if I buy it just because its reduced and then I throw it in the bin, I have wasted money.
In this case, I didn’t really know what I was going to do with the pork mince. What I did know was that I didn’t fancy anything normal, like meat balls etc. On top of that, because, the husband is still doing the low carb diet, it needed to fit in with that. Doing a lot of searching on the internet, I found some interesting recipes for Thai mince. But loads of them was served with rice, or with ingredients I didn’t have at home. Therefore, I have amended it to fit in with what we got at home and what we would eat. Also. I made it a bit More kid friendly so everyone could put their own wraps together.
Build it yourself Thai wraps
500g Pork Mince
½ tbsp Sugar
1 White onion, finely chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
Thumb sized piece of Ginger, grated
1 Lime, juice and zest
1 Red Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
50g Creamed Coconut
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
Small bunch of Mint, finely chopped
Salted Peanuts, chopped
Fresh Coriander, chopped
Red Chilli, sliced
Finely chopped spring onions
Homemade chilli oil.
Lettuce leaves, white rice or rice noodles.
- Start by preparing the vegetables by grating, crushing and chopping all the vegetables for the mince.
- Over a high heat fry the pork mince in a wok along with the sugar, when cooked through, remove the mince and set aside.
- Depending on how much pork fat is left in the pan, you may want to add some more oil, then turn down the heat to medium and fry the onion, garlic, chilli and lime juice and zest for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
- Now return the mince to the wok and stir to combine.
- Add the creamed coconut and allow it to melt down before adding the fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Cook for a further 10 Minutes stirring occasionally.
- I like to serve the meat separately in a bowl, then all the lettuce, and toppings separately. That way every one can assemble their own food. This especially works well with my toddler.
Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said.
These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (July 2017), obviously the price will vary depending on the toppings you choose, and the main serving.. Hence, I have only costed the meat
Pork Mince £1.89 Sugar 5p
White onion 16p
Garlic Cloves 9p
Red Chilli 20p
Creamed Coconut 25p
Fish Sauce 4p
Rice Vinegar 42p
Soy Sauce 25p
Total cost £4.15 – without garnish or main ingredients