It's Chinese New Year and spring rolls are a must have for atraditional Chinese dinner. After a spring roll is deep fried, the skinturns golden, and the color and the shape of the spring roll representa "gold bar." Serving spring rolls during Chinese New Year is done topresent "gold" to guests and wish all the guests luck in making moremoney in the coming year. And yes, everyone cares about moneynowadays..and Chinese people sometimes do care about money way toomuch! In a more traditional Chinese spring roll, the fillings oftencontain pork and shrimp along with shredded vegetable. As for me, Iopted for vegetarian version, and tofu is used as protein. I have oftenbrought my version of spring rolls to potluck dinners and everyoneoften asks me for the recipe. I am finally going to share it here.
People often think that it's time consuming to make spring rolls. In reality, you will be surprised how easy it is.
Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
NOTE:It is the best to prepare the fillings and let it cool and drained anyliquid from the filling before wrapping. The heat and the moisture willpotentially break the wrapper. Also, you can use any kind of vegetablefor the fillings. But make sure to chop it up finely.
- 1 package of spring roll wrapper or rice paper wrapper
- 1 package of rainbow slaw or brocolli slaw (It can be found in salad session in supermarket)
- 1 package of Tofu Cutlet or 5-spiced tofu or spice tofu or extra firm tofu - cut into 1" strip
- 2 cups of bean sprouts
- 1 package of Chinese Pickled Vegetable (Zhacai) or 1/2 cup of dill pickles - it's optional - cut into 1" strip
- 2 tablespoon of gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon of Chinese cooking wine or red wine
- 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoon of sesame seeds oil
- 2 tablespoon of cooking oil, prefer olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar (dipping sauce)
- 1 tablepoon of gluten-free soy sauce (dipping sauce)
- Some sesame seed oil (or hot oil if you prefer spicy)
- Add soy sauce, wine, salt, sugar, white pepper and stir ituntil the seasonings are well blended into the vegetables; about 3-4minutes. Make sure not to overcook the filling, you would like thevegetables still a little crunchy.
- Add the bean sprouts into the wok and stir until they areheated through, about 1 minute or so. Taste the fillings and add moresalt if necessary.
- Turn the heat off and add the sesame seed oil and stir the oil into the fillings.
- Put the fillings into a drainer and cool off.
- Fill a large shallow bowl with warm water, put rice paper into theshallow bowl one at a time; otherwise, they will stick together.When the rice paper is soft about 15 second, remove from bowl and drainthe water off of it.
- Lay 1 rice paper wrapper in a dry cloth and put 2 spoonfulsof the fillings in the middle of the wrapper; make sure not toover-stuff the wrapper, you would need to leave 1.5" on each sides inorder to wrap the spring roll.
- Fold up the bottom of the wrapper. The bottom of the wrapperis the part that is closest to the filling. Fold this up over thefilling and press down slightly.
- Fold both sides to the center so that the edge of both sides meet in the middle
- Hold the sides and roll the spring up until the end of the wrapper
- Combine rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame seed oil in a dipping bowl and serve immediately