Asian Bistro's Spring Rolls Recipe


Spring rolls are fresh and healthier versions of their cousin, the deep fried eggrolls. We like to call them Asian burritos! They are wrapped with rice paper and filled with fresh vegetables like green leaf lettuce, carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, and vermicelli noodles. For a meatier version, cooked slices of pork, chicken or shrimp can be added for extra protein.

The way they are rolled are very similar to burritos. You want to place your fillings on one side of the rice paper, roll about halfway to the middle, flip the right and left sides of the wrapper inward, and then continue rolling until your spring roll is sealed. Making sure to use your fingertips to hold your filling in place so that it does not spill out during the rolling process.

Spring rolls are very versatile and can pretty much be filled with whatever you would like! We've seen other versions with different veggies, fruit, slices of beef, etc.

Our daughter and her husband have put together an Asian Bistro Recipe Essentials list on Amazon so that you can purchase most of the Asian ingredients that you will need, right from Amazon! Check it out by clicking this link here.

Here is an at-home version of the recipe:

Asian Bistro's Spring Rolls

Ingredients

  • Spring Roll Rice Paper (can be purchased from our Amazon list or at any local Asian Grocery)
  • Vermicelli Noodles (can be purchased from our Amazon list or at any local Asian Grocery)
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Cucumbers, sliced into thin strips
  • Optional Choice of meat (sliced cooked chicken, pork, tofu, or shrimp) 
  • 1 large bowl of hot water, proceed with caution

Directions

  1. Prepare the vermicelli noodles. Bring a pot of water to a boil and lightly salt, as you would pasta. Add vermicelli noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes. The noodles should be semi-translucent and soft. Rinse the noodles in cold water and set aside. 
  2. Slice the green leaf lettuce and cucumbers into strips, about 4 inches in length. 
  3. Prepare your rolling station. We recommend using a dinner plate or cutting board. 
  4. Place your large bowl of hot water next to your rolling station.
  5. Grab 1 piece of rice paper, and carefully submerge into the hot water. Make sure that the entire piece has been dipped. 
  6. Remove from the water, and place on your plate or cutting board. 
  7. You may now begin adding your fillings. 
  8. Place your fillings on one side of the rice paper, then roll about halfway to the middle, flip the right and left sides of the wrapper inward, and then continue rolling until your spring roll is sealed. Making sure to use your fingertips to hold your filling in place so that it does not spill out during the rolling process.
  9. The spring rolls will stick to each other so be sure to place them on a serving platter with space in between each one. 
  10. Serve with spring roll dipping sauce. 

For Spring Roll Dipping sauce, we recommend buying a store-bought brand for ease. The Mae Ploy brand (click for Amazon link) is our favorite, squeeze a little lime juice and add a sprinkle of crushed peanuts to make the sauce similar to Asian Bistro's.

It is not recommended to store leftover spring rolls, as the rice paper tends to harden. We recommend storing any leftover fillings in the fridge and the dry rice paper in the pantry, to make fresh spring rolls the next day or whenever the leftovers are to be eaten.

Here is a YouTube video showing you how to roll the spring rolls:

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