Our recipe shows that superfoods can be used in Asian dishes

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 February, 2015, 10:33am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 February, 2015, 11:02am

It's commonly thought that superfoods are only used in Western diets. But Chinese diets also use superfoods such as Chinese cabbage and black mushrooms, which are rich in calcium and iron, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Garlic, often used in stir-fries, is known to help reduce cholesterol. Here is a favourite Asian recipe that uses a number of superfoods.



Easy superfood lettuce wraps


You'll need


40 grams carrots, small diced


40 grams celery, small diced


40 grams beetroot, small diced


40 grams tomato, small diced


2 shitake mushrooms, soaked, stems removed, small diced


2 tablespoons cashew nuts, toasted in a pan


8 romaine lettuce leaves For the thickening sauce


1 tablespoon water


Dash of sea salt


1/8 teaspoon coconut flower sugar


1 teaspoon soy sauce

½ teaspoon arrowroot or corn starch


2 teaspoons coconut oil


Hoisin sauce (optional)





  • Steam mushrooms for 10 minutes then set aside




  • Heat up pan, add oil, carrot, beet and mushrooms, and stir well. Add celery and tomatoes and stir fry for about five minutes.




  • Add ingredients from thickening sauce and cook until sauce reduces.




  • Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with cashews. Wrap with lettuce leaves and hoisin sauce to taste.