asian spring rolls

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  • add   2 tablespoons sugar
  • add   1/4 cup soy sauce
  • add   <B>For the dipping sauce:</B>
  • add   scallion brushes for garnish if desired
  • add   1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh gingerroot
  • add   1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • add   2 ounces cellophane (bean-thread) noodles*, soaked in boiling-hot water to cover for 20 minutes, drained well, and chopped
  • add   <B>For the spring rolls:</B>
  • add   1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • add   a 2-inch fresh red or green chili, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves), or 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • add   6 dried <I>shiitake</I> mushrooms*, soaked in hot water to cover for 20 minutes, rinsed, squeezed dry, the stems discarded, and the caps sliced thin
  • add   1 large carrot, shredded
  • add   2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • add   3 garlic cloves, minced
  • add   1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • add   1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • add   2 tablespoons water
  • add   2 garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • add   20 spring-roll wrappers*
  • add   1 cup chopped mung bean sprouts*
  • add   3/4 pound lean ground pork
  • add   1 teaspoon sugar
  • add   vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • add   *available at Asian markets, some specialty foods shops, and many supermarkets
  • add   3 large shallots, minced
  • add   an egg wash made by beating 1 large egg with 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  1. Make the spring rolls:
  2. In a large bowl combine well the noodles, the mushrooms, the pork, the garlic, the shallots, the gingerroot, the carrot, the coriander, the mint, the sprouts, the soy sauce, the salt, and the sugar. Put 1 spring-roll wrapper on a work surface, keeping the remaining wrappers covered with plastic wrap, cut it in half diagonally, and arrange one half with the longest side facing you. Spread a rounded tablespoon of the filling down the long side, leaving a 2-inch border at each end, and brush the edges with some of the egg wash. Fold the corners of the long side over the filling and, rolling away from you, roll up the filling in the wrapper, sealing the roll, using some of the remaining egg wash if necessary. Make more spring rolls with the remaining filling, wrappers, and egg wash in the same manner, transferring them as they are made to a wax-paper-lined baking sheet and keeping them covered with plastic wrap. In a deep fryer heat 1 1/4 inches of the oil to 375°F. on a deep-fat thermometer and in it fry the spring rolls in batches, turning them, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are golden, transferring them as they are fried with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. The spring rolls may be made 5 days in advance, cooled completely, and kept frozen in plastic freezer bags. Reheat the rolls, unthawed, on a rack set in a shallow baking pan in a preheated 450°F. oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Make the dipping sauce:
  4. In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, the lime juice, the water, the garlic paste, the sugar, and the chili.
  5. Cut the spring rolls diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices if desired. Arrange the spring rolls or slices on a platter with the dipping sauce and garnish the platter with the scallion brushes.
  6. To make brush scallions:
  7. Trim the roots and the green parts from scallions, leaving about 2 1/2 inches of stalk. Make crisscross cuts about 1/2 inch deep at both ends of each stalk and spread the fringed ends gently. Put the scallions in a bowl of ice and cold water and chill them for 2 hours, or until the fringed ends have curled. Drain the scallions well.

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