So last night I made Vietnamese Spring Rolls, only because I’m fasting (Ramadan Mubarak, btw) and all I can think about is food. I also made chocolate chip cookies but they didn’t turn out well. Anyway, my first time making (and eating) these rolls were a major success. And by the murmurs of delight from my famished family, I could tell that it wasn’t just me. I combined two recipes to make this so I’m going to include parts of both.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
(Adapted from http://basil-albi.blogspot.ca/2011/10/spring-rolls-with-spicy-peanut-sauce.html and http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2010/08/vietnamese-spring-rolls-a-how-to.html)
2 lbs chicken breasts
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chile-garlic paste to taste
Just mix all the ingredients and leave to marinade for about an hour or two. After, just grill/broil and leave it to cool. Then, cut into thin slices.
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
2 garlic clove, chopped
4 tablespoons red pepper flakes*
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoon tomato paste or ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Heat the oil on medium heat and add the garlic, onions and red pepper flakes.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix, and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Warning: this is spicy, you can decrease/increase the red pepper flakes to your liking.
Shredded cabbage (I used coleslaw mix)
Optional: Vermicelli and Thai basil (I didn’t add them, but they’re pretty standard for these kinds of spring rolls)
The rice paper should have instructions on the back of the packet. But for me, I dipped the paper in a shallow dish of water for a few seconds and then placed it on my chopping board – over a minute, the rice paper softened and became very sticky.
At this point, I placed the lettuce, then chicken, some peanut sauce and the rest of the ingredients near the centre of the paper. I then rolled it once, folded the sides in and rolled it up again, creating a roll! (Say roll one more time – crack)
There was peanut sauce inside the roll, but it was so delicious, I ended up dipping the roll into the sauce again.
I wish I’d taken a nicer picture, but I forgot to until just before we ate it, so you will have to deal with my insta-pic. I apologize, hopefully when I make this again, I’ll remember to take proper pics for you guys.
Hope you guys enjoy this recipe!
Be kind and God bless!