Betel leaves are lovely and fragrant and can be bought at Asian Grocers. They are often used as an edible wrap in Vietnamese cooking.


Pork in Betel Leaves


250g pork mince

1 chilli, seeded and finely chopped

1 stem of lemongrass, white part finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 shallot, finely chopped

2 tablsp fish sauce (for cooking so any type is fine)

large bunch betel leaves, leaves removed from stems


1. Mix pork mince with all other ingredients (except betel leaves) until combined.

2. Place a small log of the mince mixture in the middle of each leaf and roll until the leaf covers the outside of the meat. It doesn’t matter if it is not completely covered.

3. Heat a BBQ frying pan or BBQ plate and place mince rolls on to cook. Cook for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through.

4. Serve with rice or noodles and salad or vegetables.