Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Side Dishes / Appetizers: Post #1 : Sardines in Lettuce Boats

I thought it would be fun to feature some side dishes and/or appetisers as a series.  This is a simple and tasty appetizer that I often make.  The taste is sourish savoury, with a light spicy kick.  Use iceberg lettuce to give it that crunch and extra juiciness. 

This can also be made into a light sandwich lunch using the bread of your choice.

Best served chilled.

Sardines in Lettuce Boats

  • 1 can (425g) of sardines in tomato sauce (I use Ayam brand)
  • 7 small calamansi, juice only
  • 1.5 tbspn tom yum paste
  • 1 cup of chopped mint leves
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 4 tbspn japanese mayo (kewpie) or normal mayo
  • Sugar to taste
  • Small lettuce cups

1.  Mash the sardines with the tomato gravy.

2.  Add in all the seasonings and mix well.  Chill in the fridge for about 1-2 hours.

3.  Scoop a tspn onto each lettuce cup and pop into your mouth!

Note: For a different presentation, you can also serve this on thick cucumber slices.  Don't like sardine?  Just sub it with tuna, tastes just as good.  


  1. Easy and lovely to look at too. And also, very appetizing. Love it.

  2. Hi Esther, sardine in salad is my Pa's favourite dish but I have tried this version with mayo. I tossed all the sliced ingredients together with lime juice. Must try your version.

  3. Great idea and delicious. I love sardines and this is a great way to serve them!

  4. Very nice, Esther! This can also be a main meal for someone (you know who) who want's to cut down on carbohydrates :)

  5. Hello there! These are cute, wouldn't mind a few of them sailing in my stomach :)

  6. Simply yummy appetizer , Esther ! I just love sardines . Will try adding some tom yum paste to my concoction sometime :D


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