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I Miss My Thai Food!

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I think the title says it all...

I need a good recipe for spring rolls and I'm also looking for a recipe for cashew nut chicken.

Anybody?????? I googled it, but I mainly came up with restaurant sites and recipes I could pay to receive.

Not sure if I'll get a response to this or not, but it's worth a shot. ;)

Happy gluten-free baking. -Julie

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Lots of thai food is naturally gluten free - pad thai, curries, etc. I don't have recipes off hand, but googling will find you lots of them.

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I love Thai! We have a few restaurants around us and I went into one of them between lunch and dinner to talk to them about gluten-free. One of the people there spoke OK english and I sat down with her and the cook and we discussed it.

A lot of Thai food is naturally gluten-free. I explained to them about the transfer of gluten-free in oil, now they cook my spring rolls in a clean wok with unused oil for me when I come in (which is pretty often). There were really a lot of dishes I could eat and they use almost no loose flour in the place near me.

I've eaten there many times without any problems but when I go in I remind them (its a really tiny place and you can see the chef cook) that I need no gluten, new oil, etc.

Susan

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I have looked for the rice papers and can only find egg roll wrappers. I even looked for a recipe for the rice papers but no luck. I am pretty far away from civilization and sometimes that is not a good thing. ;)

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I have looked for the rice papers and can only find egg roll wrappers. I even looked for a recipe for the rice papers but no luck. I am pretty far away from civilization and sometimes that is not a good thing. ;)

You could order rice paper online?

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Well, I've had so many other things to order online, (I'm trying out Indian food), I was trying to find it locally. I wonder why you can buy egg roll wrappers but not rice papers. Even Walmart has egg roll wrappers.

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Well, I've had so many other things to order online, (I'm trying out Indian food), I was trying to find it locally. I wonder why you can buy egg roll wrappers but not rice papers. Even Walmart has egg roll wrappers.

I found rice papers at my Whole Foods. I almost bought it but the package wasn't very reassuring as to whether it was gluten free. Has anyone ever had a problem with these asian rice products that come from Thailand and stuff?

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I went to the trouble awhile back to order rice papers from Amazon. The shipping is more than the papers. Then of course after that I discovered that my local Vons carries the exact same brand in the organic section next to the tofu and bean sprouts :rolleyes:

I have looked for the rice papers and can only find egg roll wrappers. I even looked for a recipe for the rice papers but no luck. I am pretty far away from civilization and sometimes that is not a good thing. ;)

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Mango & Shrimp Spring Rolls

For rolls

12 large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per lb), peeled

3 oz vermicelli rice-stick noodles*

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 (8-inch) rice-paper rounds plus additional in case some tear*

48 fresh cilantro leaves (from about 1 bunch)

48 fresh mint leaves (from about 1 bunch)

1 seedless cucumber (usually plastic-wrapped; 1 lb), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks

3 scallions, cut into 3-inch-long julienne strips

1 lb firm-ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/8-inch-thick matchsticks

Make rolls:

Add shrimp to a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, then reduce heat and poach shrimp at a bare simmer, uncovered, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then return shrimp cooking water to a boil. Chill shrimp in ice water 2 minutes, then drain and pat dry. Cut each shrimp in half lengthwise, deveining if necessary.

Add noodles to boiling water and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander, then rinse under cold running water and drain well. Stir together Braggs liquid amino (or gluten free soy) sugar, and salt in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved, then add noodles and toss to coat.

Put a double thickness of paper towel on a work surface and fill a shallow baking pan with warm water. Check rice-paper rounds and use only those that have no holes. Soak 1 round in warm water until pliable, 30 seconds to 1 minute, then carefully transfer to paper towels.

Arrange 3 shrimp halves (cut sides up) in a row across bottom third (part nearest you) of soaked rice paper. Spread 1/4 cup noodles on top of shrimp and arrange 3 cilantro leaves, 3 mint leaves, 8 cucumber matchsticks, 6 scallion strips, and 10 mango matchsticks horizontally on top of noodles. Fold bottom of rice paper over filling and begin rolling up tightly, stopping at halfway point. Arrange 3 more mint leaves and 3 more cilantro leaves along crease, then fold in ends and continue rolling. Transfer summer roll, seam side down, to a plate and cover with dampened paper towels. Make 7 more rolls in same manner and serve, whole or halved diagonally, with dipping sauce.

Here's another:)

Chinese Style Vegetarian Spring Roll Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups bean thread noodles or rice vermicelli, cooked

3/4 cup bamboo shoots

1 carrot, grated

4 green onions, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce

1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp sesame oil

rice paper spring roll wrappers

Approx. 1 cup water

PREPARATION:

Run a knife through the noodles to chop them into smaller pieces.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the noodles, carrots, green onions, cilantro and bamboo shoots. Add the soy sauce and sugar and combine well.

In a large sauce pan, heat the sesame oil over medium-low heat. Add the noodles and veggie mixture and pan fry for 3-5 minutes, just until veggies are barely tender. Submerge spring roll wrappers in water until pliable one at a time. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons in wrappers and wrap up. Serve with a dipping sauce.

For dipping sauce I mix together brown sugar and soy sauce and a splash of sesame oil and garlic.

And since I am soy free (this is so hard for me lol) I came up with this very very yummy alternative (this works well as a salad dressing also,

Whisk together orange juice, honey, garlic and sesame (or olive) oil.

GOOD LUCK!

I miss thai food too bad

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Wow! You all know your stuff! I've never tried to make spring rolls at home, but I LOVE them.

I'm a border-line vegetarian. I mainly eat veggie dishes. When I used to get my cashew nut dish, I actually ordered cashew nut shrimp...most people haven't heard of it.

It's nice to see others out there who enjoy Thai as much as I do. I also like Japanese food; Chinese food is a little too greasy (I like it, but it doesn't like me) ;)

Thanks for responding to this question. It's a great help. It's also nice to talk about something besides pizza and bread... :D

Happy gluten-free baking! -Julie

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Okay, this question is for anyone who's actually worked with rice papers. Gods but they're frustrating!

So, how warm does the water have to be to soften them? The first time I tried boiling water which is problematic because you've got to handle them. So is warm water that's not hot enough to burn your fingers warm enough?

Secondly, they're sticky little devils. Is there a trick to handling them once they're softened so they don't stick to themselves? They're worse than cling wrap.

Third, I've been pan frying them, but unless I make them small so there's a double layer of rice paper they tend to tear in the pan. I don't want a deep fryer in my home for a variety of reasons. Can spring rolls be baked instead?

Thirdly, what do you do with all the ones with holes in them? I hate the idea of throwing them out, but I've discovered that if I try and soften them to use they just tear right along the hole.

Violet

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Violet,

Sorry I can't answer your question, but where do you buy your rice papers?

Does anyone happen to know a gluten-free replica of the sauce that you dip them in?

I only lived "in the city" for about two years while I finished college, but I fell in love with certain ethnic foods while there. Normally, I live in a rural area, and our one choice is Mexican (which I like, but not everytime I want to eat a sit-down dinner out) :rolleyes:

I also enjoyed Indian food (particularly the bread), but of course that is not an option now.

So, despite my years of being gluten-free, I am still looking for answers to certain questions: like so many of us.

Happy gluten-free baking! -Julie :)

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Tons of recipes at foodtv.com. Just search for spring rolls.

richard

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Violet,

Sorry I can't answer your question, but where do you buy your rice papers?

Does anyone happen to know a gluten-free replica of the sauce that you dip them in?

I only lived "in the city" for about two years while I finished college, but I fell in love with certain ethnic foods while there. Normally, I live in a rural area, and our one choice is Mexican (which I like, but not everytime I want to eat a sit-down dinner out) :rolleyes:

I also enjoyed Indian food (particularly the bread), but of course that is not an option now.

So, despite my years of being gluten-free, I am still looking for answers to certain questions: like so many of us.

Happy gluten-free baking! -Julie :)

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I completely understand that. I live in a small resort town. There's not a single Indian restaurant up here. I even had trouble finding the spices to make it at home. There's one so so quasi Thai place, one sushi place and dozens of Mexican restaurants and BBQ places. I'd kill for a Cuban place too.

I don't know which sauce you're talking about. I mostly use the Thai Kitchen sweet chili sauce for dipping these days. It's got a nice kick to it and it's gluten free.

Violet,

Sorry I can't answer your question, but where do you buy your rice papers?

Does anyone happen to know a gluten-free replica of the sauce that you dip them in?

I only lived "in the city" for about two years while I finished college, but I fell in love with certain ethnic foods while there. Normally, I live in a rural area, and our one choice is Mexican (which I like, but not everytime I want to eat a sit-down dinner out) :rolleyes:

I also enjoyed Indian food (particularly the bread), but of course that is not an option now.

So, despite my years of being gluten-free, I am still looking for answers to certain questions: like so many of us.

Happy gluten-free baking! -Julie :)

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I am a nut for Thai food and found some resources that might help you. First off, I found not just a good Asian market but one that had lots of Thai ingredients, they can be hard to find. But if you can't find one you could order online from various places, I have used importfoods.com and like them. They have recipes there too.

Another good resource is a good Thai cookbook. I like this one.

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Those look great. It's nice to find recipes that I can eat and that have real recognizable ingredients.

I made deep fried spring rolls once (double layer of rice paper makes then nice and crispy) and they were pretty popular here. Now I need to find where I've put the recipe (found it on a Thai blog site). If I find it I think I'll post it. It was really good.

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