Good Fortune Crystal Wraps

Good Fortune Crystal Wraps

You will find this dish on most Chinese restaurant menus. Refreshing and easy to prepare, the word “lettuce” sounds like “fortune” in Chinese.  When served during the lunar new year, you are offering good fortune to your guests. 

Guest post by Martin Yan

Food photography by Stephen Klise and food styling by Elle Simone Scott

  • Yield:4-6 servings
  • Prep Time:45 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:50 minutes


3 tbsp. smooth peanut butter 

2 tbsp. mayonnaise 

1-1/2 tbsp. honey 

1 tsp. sesame oil 

1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce 

2 tbsp. cooking oil 

1 tsp. minced ginger 

1 tsp. minced garlic 

1 small carrot, diced 

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh water chestnuts (optional) 

2 fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced 

2 tsp. chopped cilantro 

Iceberg or butter lettuce cups 

1/4 cup roasted chopped peanuts 


  1. In a medium bowl, combine seafood, cornstarch and dry sherry; mix well. Let stand 15 minutes.  In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients; whisk until blended; set aside. 

  2. Place a wok or stir-fry pan over high heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add ginger and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add seafood; stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Add carrot, water chestnuts and mushrooms; cook until carrot is soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Add sauce; mix well.  Stir in cilantro. 

  3. To serve, spoon in some of the seafood mixture in a lettuce cup, sprinkle with some chopped peanuts and eat like a taco. 

Tags: Chinese New Year Lunar New Year Martin Yan Spring Festival