Yes, it’s true, iceberg lettuce is a necessary part of this dish. It is still the only lettuce that stays crisp enough to hold its shape after it has been dressed.
This recipe is reminiscent of the well-known Mandarin dish Minced Squab in Lettuce Leaves. I loved ordering that dish long ago at the Mandarin Restaurant in San Francisco because of its clean flavor and simplicity.
With its sweet and sour qualities, the Minced Beef in Lettuce Leaves variation will leave you feeling satisfied. Try serving it with steamed brown rice to round out your meal.