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veggie spring roll help pls?

foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 10:21 AM

Here's what I have:

cabbage
carrot
mung bean
red pepper
scallion
rice vermicelli
basil
mint
cilantro
(no mushroom b/c my sweety cannot be convinced to eat them!)
and some spring roll wrappers

For sauce I have rice vinegar, fish sauce, soy, garlic, etc

How do I cook and assemble? I would like a simple method as this is my first time with these and I'm also making tom kha gai so I'll have my hands full

thanks! :)

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  1. QueenB RE: foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 10:39 AM

    Are you making the spring rolls that are fried, or more of the Vietnamese style, with the rice paper wrapper that is served cold?

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      foxy fairy RE: QueenB Apr 9, 2007 10:41 AM

      fried.

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      lexpatti RE: foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 10:51 AM

      I love spring rolls, both garden and fried. This is a great site for help on how to.
      http://vegetarian.about.com/od/cookin...

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        renov8r RE: foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 11:00 AM

        dried mung beans or sprouts? I have seen "hippie style" recipes that use cooked mashed mung beans but I much prefer the sprouts.

        I also really like a bit of plain egg omelet in my fresh sping rolls. And some nice slivers of seeded fresh jalapeƱo peppers.

        If you must fry them the folding is much more critical to prevent a mess. You'll also want to use peanut oil at a slightly lower than traditonal US frying temp -- this adds to the decided "picked up some grease" texture/flavor that fried spring rolls tend to have...

        I don't know if I would put any herbs in -- might be a unpleasant surprise as the flavor would likely be fairly intense, given the tiny amounts of filling any one spring roll can hold...

        A like the simple flavors of Nam Prik Nam Pla:

        1/2 cup fresh lime juice strained (generally 4 halves of good sized limes)
        6 thinly sliced seeded birds eye chiles
        4 tbls Thai fish sauce
        1 1/2 tsps brown sugar
        2 cloves garlic, minced

        soak the chile strips in the lime juice, add the fish sauce. Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved (slighlty warming in microwave may speed this up and as long as the sauce doesn't boil the flavor doesn't change).Mix in the garlic. Serve from glass bowl/jar to spoon over food or as dipping sauce..

        1. amyzan RE: foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 11:09 AM

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec... This chef's recipes are very detailed and reliable.

          1. MaineRed RE: foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 12:47 PM

            Just made this wkd with:
            lettuce, carrot, scallions, vermicelli, thai basil, mint, tofu/shrimp with peanut butter dipping sauce (satay sauce i guess):
            peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, water, chili sauce, hoisin whatever you have on hand

            basically, just make 'em like burritos but dont over-stuff! :) ...also it helps if the wrapper isn't totally soggy

            1. lollya RE: foxy fairy Apr 9, 2007 01:12 PM

              hmmm. i would suggest fresh spring rolls - they are amazing (and i do love me some fried wontons and egg rolls - so bear with me)

              i just make some rice noodles - set aside
              julienne carrots, pea pods, scallions - set aside
              bean sprouts
              sometimes stirfried seaoned tofu strips are good too
              mix of cilantro, mint, basil lots!

              then i lay out the moistened wrapper, position some rice noodles a little closer to me than half way then line up the veggies , herbs etc.

              easy dipping sauce
              about 2/3 hoisin to 1/3 peanut butter + hot water to thin...AWESOME and easy. Good luck!

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