I saw the the above at Trader Joes last weekend. It redefined carrot = orange for me. I found out that Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century.  What a discovery! This big bag of multi-color carrots has been sitting in the refrigerator for one week. What am I going to do with it? I have left over savoy cabbage and green leaf lettuce too… Some colorful fresh spring rolls sounds like a great idea! This is the first time I make fresh spring rolls using rice paper skin. I struggled with it for the first couple of rolls, but the rest turned out great. The girls will probably give thumbs up if they were home to try these spring rolls. No oil, no fry, and fresh. Meets all their healthy eating requirements. Why is it called Fusion Spring Rolls? I made Thai Sweet Chilli dipping sauce and Vietnamese Spring Roll dipping sauce to go with it, I guess Fusion sounds right?
- Prep Time: took me the whole Saturday afternoon to cut the ingredients and fix 3 dipping sauces
- Cook Time: depends on how skillful you are handling rice paper skin.
- Serves: 12
- 1 orange carrot, cut into matchstick size
- 1 yellow carrot, cut into matchstick size
- 1 purple carrot, cut into matchstick size
- 12 large shrimps, shelled and deveined, optional
- 1 cup purple cabbage, finely shredded
- 2 cups green leaf lettuce, finely shredded
- 2 cups savoy cabbage, finely shredded
- 2 cups cooked rice noodles
- 1 piece firm savory tofu, cut into thick strips
- 1 bunch mint leaves, optional
- 1 bunch sweet basil, optional
- 1 bunch of enokitake mushrooms for garnish
- 12 sheets rice paper
- Prepare the dipping sauces (see ingredients and instructions below), set aside.
- Cook the shrimps in boiling water. Remove and slice into halves, set aside. You can skip this step if you want a vegan appetizer.
- Fill a shallow dish larger than the rice paper with hot water.
- Soak a sheet of rice paper in the warm water for about 20-30 seconds.
- Remove from the water and lay it flat on a large plate.
- Arrange two halves of a shrimp, pink-side down across the middle of the rice sheet.
- Layer with shredded lettuce and cabbage horizontally across the rice sheet, leaving about an inch clear of the edge on both ends.
- Arrange a few strips of tofu, colored matchstick carrots on the cabbage bed.
- Add a few mint or basil leaves, optional.
- Cover with a layer of cooked rice noodles.
- Fold the rice sheet over the filling from both ends.
- Lift the near edge of the rice sheet over the filling and roll tight. The rice sheet will stick on its own.
- Repeat until all rice sheets and filling are used up.
- Cut the roll into 3 pieces and arrange on serving platter. Garnish with enokitake mushrooms.
- Serve with dipping sauces.
Note: If you wrap the spring rolls ahead, cover it with a wet towel or plastic wrap until ready to serve.
Vietnamese Spring Roll Dipping Sauce
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 3 Tbsp fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 red bird’s eye chilli, seeded and minced
- 1 green bird’s eye chilli, seeded and minced
- 1 tsp minced cilantro
- Stir all ingredients together in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
- 1/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- Blend all ingredients together using a hand blender until smooth. Set aside.
Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 6 red bird’s eye chilli, seeded and minced
- 1/2 tsp chilli paste
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp cold water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add sugar, rice vinegar, and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
- Add minced garlic and chilli.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add the chilli paste and salt, and stir until blended. Simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Mix the cornstarch with 1 Tbsp of cold water. Stir into the saucepan when the mixture is still simmering. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens.
- Turn off heat and set aside.