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Have been up to my eyeballs in stuff this week; will update later one. But I've been cooking like a fiend, and some of that I shall share with you all:

Summer rolls are like spring rolls, but unfried. The ingredients must be fresh for best results. Can also be modified to include precooked, cold shrimp.

Veggie Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
2 oz cellophane or rice stick noodles
10 whole leaves of soft lettuce (butterhead types like boston work best)
1 cup shredded or slivered carrot
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
2-3 scallions (green onions), chopped fine or slivered
10 rice paper wrappers, 8" in diameter

Prepare noodles: Bring pot of water to boil, toss in noodles, and remove from heat. Let stand 8-10 minutes, until noodles are cooked through. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Set aside in small bowl.

Prepare lettuce, carrot, sprouts, cilantro, mint, and scallions, placing each in a small bowl. Line up all ingredients, wrappers and lettuce first, on counter or tabletop, along with low, wide dish of as-hot-as-you-can-stand water.

Dip one wrapper into water until softened and transparent. They will get tangled like cellophane, but if you're patient you can get them untangled. Lay out on plate or cutting board. Place one leaf of lettuce in the center to protect wrapper from tearing. Pile on preferred amounts of noodles, carrot, sprouts, cilantro, and mint, starting at one end and rolling wrapper over with each new addition. When all ingredients have been added, fold over the sides and then seal. Place on serving plate, seam down, and repeat until all wrappers and leaves are used. Do not allow rolls to touch. Keep moist. Serve as quickly as possible, whole or cut in half.

You can either dip in this sauce, or you can put it inside the rolls:

1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy is best)
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup water
splash of lemon or lime juice
crushed peanuts (optional)
red chili flakes (optional)

Mix all ingredients in small bowl until uniform. Do not refrigerate. Serve immediately.

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sidlj
Mar. 24th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
This sounds wonderful. And I'm sure they're delicious even if a marked lack of dexterity turns them into hideous, lumpy messes? :-D
melayneseahawk
Mar. 24th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Last night's dinner is proof that that assumption is correct. My brother's looked kind of like barely contained blobs. :D
sidlj
Mar. 24th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
That's the right answer! *g*
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