Sunday 24 June 2012

Spring Rolls and Peanut Sauce

This light and tasty recipe was something I had some experience with. Aside from being tasty, healthy and requiring very little actual cooking, my dear friend Lea recently brough to my attention the fact that they also make fantastic fun food to eat with friends. By plopping all the components down in the middle of the table, people can make their own including their favorite vegetables granting you an easy way out when entertaining! Lea includes cooked noodles in hers, but I tend to stick to just throwing in more veggies, ultimately, as usual, it's up to you!

Spring Rolls

Makes 8 rolls

-8 round rice paper wrappers
-4 large leaves of romaine lettuce
-5 radishes
-1 large yellow onion
-1/3c. cucumber
-1 red pepper
-3 green onions
-3/4c. bean sprout
-half a pound of extra firm tofu
-2tbsp. oyster sauce
-1 tsp. honey
-1tsp. peanut oil

Peanut Sauce:
-2 tsp soy sauce
-2 cloves garlic
-1/2 c. pure peanut butter (just peanuts)
-1 tbsp. brown sugar
-a dash of salt
-3 tbsp. + water
-2tbsp crushed peanuts (optional)
-1tsp. peanut sauce
-1tsp. rice vinegar

1) Slice yellow onion into rounds, add to pan with peanut oil and fry on medium heat, as it begins to cook, cut the tofu into rectangular strips, add to onions as soon as they begin to really become fragrant.
2)Add honey and oyster sauce to the tofu and onion mix, stir and let cook until onions are golden and tofu has been heated through.

3)While cooking the tofu mix, begin concocting the peanut sauce in a small pot, first begin by mincing the 2 cloves of garlic and heating them in the peanut oil until fragrant.
4) Add the initial 3tbsp. of water as well as the peanut butter to the garlic, cook at low heat and mix vigorously until homogenous.
5) Add the rest of the ingredients to the mix and simmer at low heat for 5 minutes to meld the flavours together, parcel into little dipping cups.

6) Now that the tofu mix and the peanut sauce is ready its only really a matter of cutting the veggies up! Slicing the red peppers and cucumbers into strips, tearing the romain, dicing the green onions and slicing the radishes tends to be how I go about as seen here:

7)Once this is done, you can just just deck out the table with everything into little dipping cups cups. After this, the only thing left to do is bring a large bowl of warm water to the table and quickly dip the rice papers in the water, leaving them only for a few seconds, don't leave them too long though, they'll soften too much and fall appart! After doing this its only a matter of filling them like a burrito or fajita, rolling them and closing the ends off, the wet rice paper will cling to itself and seal.
8)Dip in peanut sauce and dig in!

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