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Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls

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SERVES 6

PREP TIME: 30 MINS

COOK TIME: 5 MINS

TOTAL TIME: 35 MINS

190 Calories per serving

Ingredients:

Spring Rolls:

  • 1 package clear edible rice paper sheets
  • 1/2 lb U20 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)
  • 1 cucumber 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 
  • 2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Seed Oil

Dipping Sauce: 

  • Hoisin Sauce to taste
  • chopped roasted peanuts
  • or spicy Vietnamese fish sauce

Directions:

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. 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.

For the dipping sauce, combine a few spoon-fulls of hoisin sauce with some chopped peanuts (or serve with prepared spicy fish sauce dip called Nuoc Mam, available at Asian markets).

Serve 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).