Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

I am not Vietnamese but my favorite restaurant here in Seaside is the Noodle Bar,  a Vietnamese lunch counter.  I always order the vegetarian spring rolls that come with a tasty peanut dipping sauce.  I like them so much I make a pretty good facsimile of them myself.

For the rolls:

A package of spring roll wrappers (rice paper),  like this:

A head of lettuce (doesn’t matter what kind). Separate, wash and pat the leaves dry.
Some thin pasta,  boiled and drained.  (All kinds of possibilities but it must be thin.)
A bunch of green onions,  sliced.
A big carrot,  shredded
A cup or so of tofu,  crumbled and sauteed.  (Or any meat substitute of your choice.)
A bunch of fresh cilantro.  (You may also include fresh mint and fresh basil.)

Optional (for me, at least):  Bean sprouts.   I generally leave these out.

Method:

Soak one wrapper in a bowl of hot water for a few seconds until softened but not disintegrated.  Place it on a plate.
Place a lettuce leaf in the center of the wrapper,   maybe a little closer to the bottom
Place a handful of the noodles on the lettuce.
Top with the carrot,  onion,  tofu and a leaf or two of cilantro.
Carefully roll it up,   starting from the bottom,  flapping over the two sides and sealing the top flap.  Make sure it’s tight!
The roll will tend to stay rolled up because the rice paper is quite sticky.

Here’s a video  I found on YouTube demonstrating how to roll them up.  Warning:  meat is used in the demo.

The peanut dipping sauce:

In a small sauce pan combine:

2/3 cup natural peanut butter,  either smooth or crunchy
1 cup of hot water
2  tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2-3 minced cloves of garlic (don’t use garlic powder)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Stir over medium heat until thick.   If it’s too thick to use as a dipping sauce,  add more water.

The rolls are served cold.

This is the 5th day of VeganMoFo and NaNoWriMo.

Today the Church remembers the Apostle James,  the brother of the Lord.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vegan Wheekers
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 21:17:45

    Yum! Now you leave me craving for some spring rolls. Yours is really beautifully wrapped!

  2. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Nov 10, 2010 @ 11:32:32

    Spring rolls are so delicious. I must make some soon!

  3. Ashley
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 15:32:06

    These look wonderful!

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