I’d heard about this dreadful condition, but I never thought it would happen to me. I’m usually very competent at making decisions at restaurants. But I guess no one is immune.
When the waiters came with our food, and I saw what was on my friend’s plate, I knew I had made a mistake. I was suffering from the frequent yet underestimated phenomenon: order envy.
Order envy strikes the most unsuspecting victims and the most unexpected time: you think you made a great decision then you realize that you would rather have what the person sitting across from you is eating. It’s definitely frustrating, and can make for an awkward situation if they catch you drooling over their plate.
In this instant, I had chosen the “original” chicken lettuce wraps, and she had gotten the “thai style” chicken lettuce wraps. Original is a good thing, right? But somehow in this instance “original” meant “just chicken and lettuce” while “thai style” meant “a beautiful assortment of veggies, chicken in a light, yet fragrant sauce, all wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves.”
Since that day, I have had the inspiration in the back of my mind that I wanted to try to recreate a similar recipe. It took a while, but this is what I came up with. I honestly don’t know how close this is to the plate of food I drooled over, I didn’t actually try it. But this recipe is a winner.
If I had just two words to describe this recipe they would be: Holy Flavor! I had considered creating a dipping sauce for the wraps, but once I tried the meat mixture, I realized that it didn’t need it.
Some of these ingredients may be a little hard to find, but trust me, it’s worth it!
Serves: 4 as an appetizer, 2 as a main dish