Saturday, April 11, 2009

A real post about Spring Rolls

Because the first batch were a reasonably good hit, I decided to make Spring Rolls again. These are soft rolls in the Vietnamese style. And this time, I have pictures.

And we're off!

This is Rice Paper, but you could see that because you're observant. It's very stiff like plastic when you buy it.

These are the rest of the supplies. Noodles (I used rice noodles.), Cooked Shrimp, Sliced Avocado tossed with some lime juice, Romaine Lettuce Leaves, and Cilantro leaves

Step 1:
First you have to dip the rice paper in a bowl of water to soften it up. This only takes a few seconds, the water keeps working even after you've taken it out of the bowl.

You can see it goes from stiff to soft and will fit into the bowl. When this is done, pull it out and let it drip a bit before placing it on your work surface.

Step 2:
The blank slate.

Step 3:
This is the soft rice paper with a small handful of cooked noodles in the middle. What you see is what you get. It's time to layer the goodness on.

Step 4:

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Step 7:
Now that all of the goodies are layered up on the rice paper, it's time to fold it up. I liken it to folding a burrito, but I don't know if I fold burritos correctly, so your mileage may vary. At any rate, first fold the sides in.

Step 8:
Next you will fold one end up over your stuffings. It's important to get this as tight as you can without breaking the rice paper. It's not likely, but it is possible, so beware. Continue to roll the rest of the way up pulling the center tight in as you go.

Step 9:Voila! The finished product.

Now wrap your rolls individually in plastic wrap (I roll two to a sheet, just make sure they're not touching each other because they stick.). Stick these beauties in the fridge to chill for awhile before eating. If you eat them right away they explode on you. Ask me how I know.

They are delicious served with a sweet chili sauce which I got out of a bottle. Also good with a nummy peanut sauce which I haven't even bothered to look up a recipe for yet.



Annapants! said...

Awesome! Thanks for the run down; Tiste and I were talking about trying to make some since you mentioned it the first time.

Mmm, yummy yummy!

Annapants! said...

Did I mention I loved seeing your plates in the pictures? :)

Gosh, I wish you blogged more... !!