We all love eating with our hands, especially kids. This Thai inspired Chicken and Crispy Noodles Lettuce Wrap is another perfect dish to get kids to try something new.
You know how every country has its own adapted cuisine? A foreign dish that has become their own. I’m not sure if this ever begin as a Thai dish or not, but you can get this dish in most Thai restaurants in the UK and it is one of my dinner party favourites. It is perfect for when you have dinner party that kids are included.
This dish has a guaranty Wow factor for both kid and grown up alike. You can make this ahead of the party giving you more time with your guests. (and very easy on the pocket too). We have this on a Friday night all the time as Emj loves it.
I prefer to use chicken for this recipe but you can substitute this with any meat or prawns. I often make it with mushroom for my vegetarian friends. I would cut the chicken into cubes then put it into food processor to mince. We would normally chop the chicken with a meat cleaver in the restaurant so only coarsely minced it please.
Deep frying the noodle is the dangerous part of cooking this dish. I cannot tell you enough to take VERY good care in doing this. DO NOT LET THE CHILDREN HELP WITH THIS PART .
You will need very hot oil and the noodles will expand more than double in size. When I was showing my friend how to cook this dish she did said that if she did not see how hot the oil is and how much the noodles expand it would have given her a fright. Because of what she said I have made a video for you to see how it looks.
You can get the kids involved in the preparation of the lettuce and measuring up the sauces. Just not the noodles. Do get them to see the before and after, they’ll like that.
Emj always help to do the garlic when I cook. It is only because we have picked up these cool gadgets from our visit to the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight. The first one is the garlic peeler it is so easy and effective to use.(keep kids busy for hours!) The second which I must admit I use it a lot is the garlic crusher. I much prefer these to the garlic press. Anyhow it is a cool and safe gadgets for kids to use in the kitchen.
You can cooked the chicken ahead of time and warm it up in the microwave when you are ready to served. Same goes for the noodles, once fried let it cool in a dry place and you can keep it in un airtight container. No need to heat them up. Prep the lettuce before hand and you have everything ready for when your guest arrives. Simples.
I hope you and your family will enjoy this dish as much as we do. Let me know how it goes.