Spring rolls without the guilt!

3 June 2013 in Chinese, Easy to prepare, Economical

I shall lean closer to the screen so you can see the word ‘SUCKER’ stamped on my forehead. Princess Gilly (29) doesn’t live with us, but she does pass our house every day on her way to work, and one of us rushes out with her daily take-a-way. There’s usually yoghurt, fruit, something sweet like a cupcake/muffin and her lunch…..which cannot include bread.

I have become quite inventive and as such, have stopped eating quite so much bread myself. This cheese and grated veggie slice is a favourite.

Her Highness is getting a couple of these tomorrow.

I spotted the rice paper wraps in my local supermarket and decided to give them a go at the weekend, Himself and I thoroughly enjoyed them, you have to have them with the dipping sauce though, which isn’t quite so guilt free. OK I lied with the title….sous me!

They are so easy to prepare, you can use virtually any ingredient you fancy, I used some beef fillet and a variety of veggies. We enjoyed these for lunch but they would also make a great starter. I haven’t given exact quantities as it depends on how many rolls you are making, but I made 5 with the fillings I had.

First make the dipping sauce so that it can cool…

Dipping Sauce

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

1 tsp grated garlic

1 tsp grated ginger

2 TBS fish sauce

2 TBS sweet chilli sauce

1 TBS fresh lemon juice

Put the sugar, water and vinegar in a thick bottomed saucepan.

Bring to a boil and turn the heat down a little so it’s still boiling but more of a rolling boil for another 5 minutes.

Take off the heat and add the fish sauce, garlic, ginger and chilli sauce, simmer for a couple of minutes, remove from heat and add the lemon juice.

Cool and put in the fridge where it will thicken, I made half this amount for the two of us and there is still half left to give you an idea of quantity.

The Rolls

Fresh green sprouts thinly sliced

Baby corn sliced into slivers

Fresh bean sprouts

Julienne of carrots and celery

Spring onions chopped into 4cm lengths

Snap Peas chopped finely at an angle

Thinly sliced cooked beef fillet (you could also use cooked chicken or prawns)

You need a bowl wider than the wrappers filled with warm water and a damp tea towel.

Take a wrapper and leave it in the water for about 30 seconds, remove it and place it at the edge of the tea towel and fold the towel to cover it, leave for at least another 30 seconds. Repeat with a second wrapper and so on, it’s important to keep it covered so it doesn’t dry out.

Take the wrapper and keep it on the towel (if you put it on the counter it will stick, trust me)

Place your ingredients on the wrapper as shown below, as you can see I kept everything in a line to make for easier rolling.

Roll as tightly as you can till about halfway then turn in the sides and continue rolling.

The roll will keep it’s shape, the spring onion tie is for effect only.

If you prefer your rolls deep fried, and let’s face it,  who doesn’t? then here are two options for you. The traditional deep fried way or using a Philips Air Fryer, which is a healthier version. Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe.

Spring rolls, deep fried and airfryer cooked

26 responses to Spring rolls without the guilt!

  1. Oh these look so yummy. Princess Gilly is a very lucky girl. What a lunch box. :D

  2. Yummy recipe my family love spring rolls,thanks for sharing….must get an air fryer

  3. i make a lot of these–well vegetable only fillings for me–but if you rub/brush a little oil on them and bake them they do turn out quite nice. Well dont we just spoil our kids

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh spring rolls. Love the freshness, the crispiness of the vegs, the tangy sauce – lekker

  5. I love this recipe, Sue!! LOL @ Princess Gilly being a brad! :)

  6. Typical daughterly gratitude!

  7. Seems all wrong to guzzle the wrapping!
    I was in your neck of woods on Sunday. What a handy place to have so close!

  8. Wahahaha “sous me”. I love the look of these Sue. Will give them a bash soon :) xx

  9. Princess Gilly is a very fortunate lass. I must really look for the rice papers and try make these. They look so delicious. Is it really 2Tbs of Fish sauce? That stuff is quite strong! Love all the ways you find to use sous hehe :)

    • If I didn’t make her food for work she would eat junk and with her BP she eats little and often. Yes, it’s 2 tablespoons, the sauce is delicious I hope you try it.

  10. Tandy said on 7 June 2013

    I so want to find rice paper sheets as these look amazing!

  11. love these spring rolls.. wonder whether they will work in my wanton pastry squares!!

  12. Hi Sous Chef! Just want to say thanks for your lovely recipes – I love it! Going to make your eisbeins this Sunday for hubby on Father’s day – it is looking just too yummy!

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment,I’m so glad you like the recipes. I hope your husband enjoys his lunch!

  13. Fab-u-lous!
    :-) Mandy xo

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