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"Asian Spring Rolls"


Style:   Chinese
Serves:   Many

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bean-thread noodles
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 3/4 pound lean ground pork
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 large shallots, minced
  • 1 tab minced peeled fresh gingerroot
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup chopped mung bean sprouts*2 tabs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teasp salt 1 teasp sugar
  • 20 spring-roll wrappers*
  • an egg wash made by beating 1 large egg with 1 teaspoon water
  • For the dipping sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tabs water 2 garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 tabs sugar a 2-inch fresh red or green chili, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves), or 1/4 teasp dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • scallion brushes (procedure follows) for garnish if desired

Directions

Make the spring rolls: 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 tbs 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.

Make the dipping sauce:

In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, the lime juice, the water, the garlic paste, the sugar, and the chili. 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.

To make scallion brushes: Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less but requires additional unattended time.

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.