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Fú’s chicken lettuce cups pack strong Thai flavors

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Have the Fú experience at home with these Thai lettuce cups.
Photo: Bill Hughes

The Hard Rock Hotel’s hip Chinese restaurant stays edgy by incorporating pan-Asian flavors into shareable small plates. So when you go to Fú, you’ll see high-stakes gamblers taking a break from the Dragon Salon tables to slurp Hong Kong-style noodle soup, but you’ll also find friends snacking on teriyaki-glazed beef skewers and hearty pork buns before heading off to catch a concert.

Fú’s top appetizer, spicy Thai-style minced chicken in crisp, cool lettuce cups, is easy enough to make at home, so have at it.

Hard Rock Hotel, 522-8188. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight.

Thai Basil Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

(serves four)

Ingredients:

½ lb. ground chicken

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

4 tbsp. fish sauce

4 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. water

2 tsp. diced Thai chili

2 tbsp. minced garlic

4 tbsp. minced Thai basil

6 lettuce cups (iceberg or butter lettuce)

Method: Heat wok or sauté pan with oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until it’s light brown. Add chicken and sauté for 5 minutes. Add fish sauce, water, sugar and chili and continue cooking for five minutes. Stir in basil right before spooning mixture into lettuce cups to serve.

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