1 package clear edible rice paper sheets
1/2 lb shrimp (cooked, peeled, deveined, halved)
1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, washed and dried
1 bunch or bag of fresh baby spinach leaves (washed and dried)
1cucumber peeled and cut into very,very thin strips
1 carrot peeled and then shaved in to long, thin strips
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 package vermicelli rice noodles
4 tablespoons good quality soy sauce
4 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Honey Ginger White Balsamic (substitute the 1 tsp with Lemongrass Mint White Balsamic in the rice noodles for a nice little zing.)
2 teaspoons Japanese Roasted Sesame Seed Oil
Hoisin Sauce to taste
chopped roasted peanuts
or spicy Vietnamese fish sauce
In a small bowl, toss the shaved carrot and thinly sliced cucumber with
two tablespoons of Honey Ginger White Balsamic and set aside.
Heat 3 quarts of water to a gentle simmer. Remove the pot from heat and
immediately stir in two tablespoons of soy sauce, and two tablespoons
of Honey Ginger White Balsamic. Add the vermicelli rice
noodles to the seasoned water and allow to sit for 10 minutes until
tender. Drain well and toss with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of sesame
oil blended with 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon Honey Ginger
White Balsamic or Lemongrass Mint, and set aside
Drain the carrot and cucumbers and make sure all other veggies and herbs are cleaned, dried, and set out before you start.
In a shallow dish such as a pie plate, mix together 1 cup of warm water
with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon of Honey Ginger White
Balsamic. Dip a sheet of rice paper wrapper into the seasoned water
very quickly, no longer than a second or two (or they will get too
soggy) and lay flat on a work surface.
On one edge, lay a small handful of noodles, two shrimp halves, some
cilantro, a few baby spinach leaves, some cucumber strips, a few pieces
of shaved carrot, and a sprinkle of green onions, being careful to not
over stuff the roll. Carefully start to roll up eggroll style, tucking
in the sides, then continue to roll up-but not too tightly or the spring
roll will split.
Combine a few spoonfulls of Hoisin sauce with
some chopped peanuts to use as a dipping sauce (or serve with prepared
spicy fish sauce dip called Nuoc Mam, available at Asian markets).
immediately- these do not keep and will harden up in the fridge, so it
is best to make just as many as you plan to serve (store any extra
unassembled fillings in fridge and roll later).
Recipe by Chef Rachel Bradley
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