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Can’t believe I haven’t done a spring roll post yet! We usually enjoy this healthy dish almost once a month. And a lot more often during the summer and spring time with greens and herbs from our garden. This is a great option for those of you who crave a healthy and easy meal.

Desperate for an internal cleansing for the New Yr? Spring rolls are the perfect solution!

Once again, a step by step photo tutorial.

spring rolls98Typical Vietnamese spring roll ingredients consist of pork, shrimp, herbs, bean sprouts, romaine lettuce, cucumber, and small rice noodles. In this post, I actually omitted most of those ingredients and substituted with what we had in the fridge. Truth is, spring rolls can be filled with ANY ingredients you choose. That’s the fun part. 

spring rollsI wanted my spring rolls to be extremely healthy, light, and colorful. 

spring rolls5You can easily find these at any Oriental market. Nowadays, your usual American grocery stores may also carry them. 

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Don’t overboil your shrimps b/c they’ll get too rubbery. 

spring rolls6Our spring roll wrapper dipper is a short rectangular vase from Ikea (ingenious!). You can also use a round pan filled with warm water and it’ll work just as well (instead of dipping the wrapper vertically, with the pan, you’ll dip it horizontally)

spring rolls99Dip the wrapper for about 2 seconds (make sure it’s fully submerged, rotate if needed). I don’t understand why most recipes suggest dipping for a few minutes. Any longer than a few seconds, the wrapper gets way too soggy and/or tear. Once you take it out from dipping, it’ll continue to soak and get more pliable and sticky. 

spring rolls9Once you finish adding all the ingredients and ready to roll, the wrapper will be fairly sticky to the plate making it harder to separate the two. Overhanging the edge of the wrapper will help later on when you begin to roll.

spring rolls91A shrimp for each spring roll.

spring rolls92This way, you’ll see the shrimp once you finish rolling! 

spring rolls2LOVE basil. 

spring rolls93Starfruit slices top the layer. 

spring rolls94Just like making eggrolls, tuck in the two sides midway. Do you see how the spring roll wrapper is stuck to the plate like almost second skin? This is how sticky it can get. 

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If not eaten right away, place a warm paper towel over them to prevent the spring rolls from drying out. 

spring rolls95How refreshing and yummo do these look?! They’ll brighten any gray winter day. 

spring rolls97Arugula, avocado, green apples, and parsley are other ingredients that would be yummy in a spring roll. 

spring rolls96Also, most spring rolls are dipped in a peanut sauce. However, I made a chili garlic fish sauce which is very popular in both Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. 

Sauce recipe:

1. In a small bowl, add a tablespoon of boiling water and a teaspoon of sugar, stir to dissolve the sugar 2. Add a tablespoon of fish sauce 3. Squeeze in 1/3 lime/lemon juice 4. Add one minced glove of garlic 5. Add one minced Thai chili pepper 6. Mix well and serve

(You can alter measurements base on preference)

Hope you’ll try these out!


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